RE: [Histonet] Formalin storage

From:"Tony Henwood"


Unfortunately this may be the way things go, though the infectious risk
must be considered.
We have a policy for the clean-up of formalin spills and a spills kit
near our 10l container of 10%NBF that is used in theatres. We also have
clear approved labelling of the 10%NBF container. We have started adding
the indicator dye Bromocresol purple to highlight the solution as


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager & Senior Scientist
The Children's Hospital at Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Wednesday, 25 October 2006 12:13 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Formalin storage

I have a meeting tomorrow to discuss the keeping of formalin in the
surgery and L&D areas.  The hospital just had a JCAHO inspection and the
inspectors didn't like it very much.  They suggested that the 5 gallon
carboys should be stored in hoods or removed from the areas.  They went
on to say that all specimens should be taken to Histology as fresh
specimens and that the Histology personnel should be the ones putting
formalin on the specimens.  The inspectors said that that was how all of
the larger hospitals did it but no one that I have spoken to does it
that way.

So my question....  Does anybody (or a significant number of you) do it
this way?  

Personally, I can't see how this can be good for the specimens.
Specimens would have to be delivered immediately and someone would have
to be available 24/7 to take care of them.  I just don't see how it can
work.  I would appreciate any thoughts.  Thanks.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166

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