RE: Formalin in the O.R.
|From:||"MacDonald, Jennifer" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (by way of histonet)|
We also provide the OR with prefilled containers for the smaller specimens.
For larger specimens we provide them with 3 different size containers (32
oz, 64 oz, and 164 oz) and 1 gallon bottles of formalin. Surgery techs come
to histo once a week or so and shop for their supplies. We have had no
problems with this arrangement.
> I could use some help. Our laboratory is located in a hospital setting
> where we service several other hospital sites. The hospital safety
> committee is trying to remove formalin from the operating room area.
> Currently, we supply the OR with prefilled smaller containers but do not
> the larger ones (such as a container for a colon, etc). For those
> specimens, we provide an empty container and a 2.5 gallon carboy of
> so that the staff can place the specimen in the container and then fill it
> with formalin. I have always thought that this is safer than prefilling
> large ones mainly because if someone 'plops' a large specimen in a
> one, it may splash.
> Can people please reply to me telling me how the situation is handled in
> your hospitals? The first round of meetings about this begins Monday
> and I would like to have some indication of what others are doing by then.
> Cheryl George, HT (ASCP)
> Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
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