Re: [Histonet] Automated microtomes

From:Matt Prideaux

We use a Leica RM2265 in our lab and have had no problems safety wise so far. So
long as the microtome is being used carefully and the tech is fully trained
there should be no problem. Personally, I find it great for when blocks require
a lot of trimming and reduces the risk of RSI associated with the prolonged use
of rotary microtomes.

Hope that helps


Matt Prideaux
Academic Unit of Bone Biology
Division of Clinical Sciences (South)
D Floor (DU20) Medical School
Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Medical Research
University of Sheffield
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Tel: 0114 271 3783
Fax: 0114 271 1711

Quoting "Gomez, Milton" :

> Dear Histonetters,
> What are your thoughts on injuries related to the use of automated
> microtomes?  I have heard that the use of automated microtomes increases the
> risk of injury and in most cases these are more severe.  May you share your
> experience?  I do know of one case where the tech lost part of his finger
> (luckily he was able to have it re-attached and the finger was saved).  How
> many labs out there have used automated microtomes and have reverted back to
> manual microtomes for safety reasons?  Does safety take priority over
> ergonomic reasons?
> Thanks in advance for your reply,
> Milton
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