RE: [Histonet] Gloves for Microtomy

From:"Cheryl R. Kerry"

It must've been you because for the longest time I thought you were a
'she'!!  So sorry!!


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 2:39 PM
To: Dawson, Glen
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Gloves for Microtomy

You have taken the wrong approach: you are trying to get documentation to
prove that you are innocent (right), but the "burden of proof" is with the
inspector. S/he was to prove that you are at fault, s/he is the one that has
to show you the documentation requiring that ALL blocks have to be sectioned
wearing gloves.
  The next thing tha you have to do is PREPARE your OWN procedure and
incorporate it to your SOP (after approval by the Lab. Director), requiring,
for example, to wear gloves when dealing with KNOWN prion cases, and not
requiering wearing gloves with other types of tissues.
  Finally, I don't know how the information has gotten out, but the year was
1998, and I was the one who licked the block!
René J. 

"Dawson, Glen"  wrote:

I have a rogue JCAHO inspector currently on-site that is demanding that all
of the histotechs cut paraffin blocks with gloves on. She has made up many
other rules of her own but most were so outlandish that they were easily

What I am looking for is some kind of written policy out there that
addresses the fact that it is not a requirement to wear gloves when
handling/cutting paraffin blocks. We have tried to explain all of the
reasons why it is not a requirement but she steadfastly refuses to listen to
a single word from any peons she is inspecting. Since reasoning has no
effect, I am looking for a manual of some sort that is published and
available for purchase to provide written proof, although I'm not sure if it
will make any difference to this particular individual.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanx In Advance,

Glen Dawson
IHC Manager
Milwaukee, WI

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