RE: [Histonet] ?bacterial/fungal contamination on slides

From:"Weber, Susan (VHACLE)"

Have you checked your water source for contamination? We culture our DI
water regularly. Make sure you are culturing from the tap you actually
obtain the water from. We had this problem at another hospital a few
years ago and found contamination at the tap. Hope this helps.

Susan M Weber HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 791-3800 X6154
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Beverly
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:09 AM
Subject: [Histonet] ?bacterial/fungal contamination on slides

We are experiencing contamination of  GMS and PAS-F stained slides with
a filamentous microorganism, bacterial or possibly fungal. Our flotation
baths and stainers are cleaned daily with Sparkleen and water. We use
distilled water to fill the baths. We use the Ventana system for the
stains, which is decontaminated regularly. Anyone one else experience
this? Any suggestions to the cause of this. 


Beverly Rowe, RT.

Pathology Quality Management Coordinator

Pathology Dept.Rm.2423

St.Clare's Mercy Hospital

Eastern Health

St. John's, NL




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