Grossing Hoods – The Front Line of Protection

Grossing Hoods Figure 1

All laboratory personnel should be aware of and know what personal protective equipment (PPE) they should wear while performing various tasks in the histology laboratory.  Employers are responsible for educating laboratory personnel about what hazardous chemicals they might handle, how to handle them safely and what specific protective equipment to wear for each and every …

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Bar Code Tracking in Histology

Specimen volumes continue to increase in both hospital and private pathology histology laboratories.  Histology laboratories must adopt new procedures and strategies for managing this increasing volume of specimens to ensure the highest quality of patient care.  Integration of new equipment and technologies for better management of all histology specimens is crucial. Within the hospital pathology …

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Microwave Devices – Why can’t I use a microwave oven that I can buy from an appliance store? Part 2

This blog is Part 2 on microwave devices. Please check the website for Part 1 of the blog where regulations and safety issues related to microwave devices are explained. When I was shopping for a new kitchen microwave for my home, there seemed to be hundreds of models with different wattage, sizes, features, etc. These …

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Microwave Devices – Why can’t I use a microwave oven that I can buy from an appliance store? Part 1

I still get asked this question, particularly by people whose lab is becoming CAP accredited for the first time and they are suddenly confronted with a non-compliance citation by the CAP. Laboratory microwave oven specification standards are strictly regulated by federal agencies governing laboratory safety. CLSI addresses the standards in publication GP-281 “Microwave Use in …

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What Other Departments do I Need to Contact, if I’m Buying a Piece of Equipment?

Congratulations on being able to buy equipment for your laboratory! Usually, the supervisor has looked into several vendors’ versions of the equipment, researched cost (outright and down the road), and looked to see if it would fit in allotted space. Then comes the matter to convincing department manager that there is a need to spend …

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Leery of buying used pathology equipment? Here’s a guide to help.

In today’s information-based purchasing there are more and more ways to purchase cheap used equipment for your facility…and more and more ways to get into trouble. With the rise in popularity of auction sites selling used equipment, a buyer can find great bargains on used equipment, but what pertinent information do you need to consider …

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Tissue Embedding Matrix

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. of Menands, NY has a patent pending for their Tissue Embedding Matrix. The matrix allows simultaneous sectioning and processing of corresponding sections from multiple tissues samples. RFMH has acquired several refurbished laboratory instruments directly from Rankin Biomedical to assist in efforts such as this. The Research Foundation for …

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