RE: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

From:"Telgenhoff, Dr. Dale"

Not me, but the guy who trained me.  Remember the old knife sharpeners that looked like record players?  He was removing the blade (they got pretty oily) and it slipped.  His natural reaction was to grab for it, slicing three fingers to the bone.  Made for a good cautionary tale...
Dale Telgenhoff, PhD 
Assistant Professor 
Tarleton State University 
Clinical Laboratory Science 
1501 Enderly Place 
Fort Worth, TX 76104 
817-926-1101 Ext. 7 


From: on behalf of Connolly, Brett M
Sent: Tue 10/28/2008 8:10 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

 Me - 1982 - working in a S. Florida hospital I sliced open the base of
my thumb on the corner of a big steel blade as I was sectioning. Didn't
even notice it until I saw the blood dripping off my elbow.

I went to the ER and was sitting on a gurney with my hand submerged in a
bowl of betadine waiting to be stitched up. After what seemed like a
pretty long time,  I deftly fell off the gurney onto the floor tipping
the entire bowl all over onto myself.

Upon hearing the clamor of me hitting the floor and the metal bowl
banging around a rush of ER staff charged in and I got prompt service
thereafter. I still have the scar, but I never cut myself again :-)


Brett M. Connolly, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Imaging Research
Merck & Co., Inc.
PO Box 4, WP-44K
West Point, PA 19486
PH 215-652-2501 fax. 215-993-6803

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jackie M
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:44 PM
To: Peter Carroll
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

OK - time to poll - who has had sutures from microtomy?  Me!    23 years

ago - 8 months pregnant, and not paying attention to what I was doing.
yeah, and one other time, I cut off the tip of my finger beta testing a
microtome safety invention from EHS.

Peter Carroll 
Sent by:
10/27/2008 03:17 PM


Re: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

 > I am looking some think (like gloves)to protect the fingers during

No offense, but if you're that prone to injury, I recommend steering
clear of microtomes in general ;)

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