RE: Formalin in the O.R.
|From:||"Tom T. McNemar" <TMcNemar@lmhealth.org> (by way of histonet)|
We supply formalin concentrate to OR. They come and pick up a gallon or two
at a time and mix it themselves, on-site. This has not been an issue so
far. They used to bring us heir empties and take a full one but there was
an awful spill when the cart wheel got caught going into the elevator.
Anyway, surgery personnel fills all containers from on-site 5 gallon carboys
that they mix themselves.
Tom Mc Nemar, HT(ASCP)
Licking Memorial Hospital
> -----Original Message-----
> From: George, Cheryl [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 11:25 AM
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> Subject: Formalin in the O.R.
> Hi out there,
> 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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