RE: SPAM-LOW: [Histonet] Ventana Benchmark

From:"Douglas D Deltour"


I am afraid that you just opened a BIG can of worms.

Anyway I will give you a different viewpoint than the others will.
If you have any concerns of technician turn-over or training anyone that has
little or no immuno experience then I recommend the Benchmark XT. It is
"almost" dummy-proof. You can have a tech running it in about a week. You
will pay for the ease of operation though. To if you are short staffed and
have techs with little or no immuno experience it is priceless. 

The other systems are open systems that will give you a more flexibility.
They are more difficult to operate and require a bit more immuno experience
and theory. If you have a experienced immuno staff and are not concerned
about turnover then this is one to consider. 

Good luck. 

Douglas D. Deltour HT(ASCP)
Histology Manager
Professional Pathology Services, PC
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Columbia, SC 29203
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Amy Farnan
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 7:10 AM
Subject: SPAM-LOW: [Histonet] Ventana Benchmark

Hi everyone. I am looking for some feedback on the Ventana Benchmark
stainer. I have a tech that worked with a Ventana stainer at her previous
job and did not care for it. System was to closed for her. I have another
tech that has not used the stainer but went to the recent Region II meeting
and attended a workshop on evaluating IHC stainers. The Ventana Benchmark
was not given favorable reviews. I do know some area hospitals that have it
that really like it. Can you give me some pros and cons?

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