RE: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

From:"Blazek, Linda"

Besides a few little nicks that we all get, about 10 years ago after having worked in histology for almost 25 years I was finally in a lab with windows!  Early one morning as I was sitting there cutting with my back to the window, dawn just breaking.  A head popped up outside the window and the tech facing the window screamed just as I was running my thumb over the block.  I jumped; the chuck came down and sliced into the pad of my thumb down to the bone. I ran to the sink holding my thumb and ran it under water.  It's pretty gross to see the bone in your thumb!  Funny thing, there was no pain until the ER doc filled it full of the stuff to numb it.  Got lots of stitches and even now it sometimes hurts.

Linda Blazek HT (ASCP)
GI Pathology of Dayton
7415 Brandt Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Phone: (937) 293-4424 ext 7118


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Weems, Joyce
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:28 AM
To: Telgenhoff, Dr. Dale;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

I've heard that tale, but didn't know who did it! 

I had a coworked who cut the pad off his thumb. We went to the ER, where
I learned he had put it in the trash. I went back and dug through the
paraffin scraps and got it - washed it in saline and Betadine.. The ER
dr glued it back on and he has a thumbprint again! 

When I caught myself on fire, cleaning with solvants too close to the
hot plate (the fumes ignited), he was the same guy who yelled, "Get the
marshmallows - the supervisor's on fire!". I still get a good laugh
about that! J:>)

And it's only Tues!! Trick or treat!!!   

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Please note new phone and fax numbers
678-843-7376 - Phone
678-843-7831 - Fax


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Telgenhoff, Dr. Dale
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:18 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Protect fingers during Microtomy

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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