RE: [Histonet] Recycled Alcohol and Xylene

From:"Bauer, Karen"

Hi Wanda,

We use recycled xylene in all of our xylene stations on the processor.  We
also use recycled alcohol in our 70%, 80%, and 95% stations.  We have had no
problems and our tissues come out nice.  Once and a while, really bloody
specimens will come out brittle and dry, but a good soak on the ice tray
usually fixes that and a nice section can be obtained.

Good Luck,

Karen Bauer HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Department of Pathology
Luther Hospital
Eau Claire, WI

-----Original Message-----
From: Smith Wanda []
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:17 PM
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] Recycled Alocohol and Xylene

Hey Netters,
We are demo-ing a recycler and are using the recycled alcohol and xylene on
our tissue processor since mid-August.  The histotechs here feel that our
tissue has recently become dry and brittle and is getting worse.  Could this
be from the recycled products?  We do use brand new reagents in the last
100% and last xylene.  Has anyone else experienced this problem using
recycled products?
Thanks for any insight on this!

> Wanda G. Smith,  HTL/HT(ASCP)
> Pathology Supervisor
> Trident Medical Center Laboratory Services
> *9330 Medical Plaza Drive, Charleston, SC 29406
> *843-797-4586 *fax 843-797-4296
> *

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