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Offline kebarton

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Weekend processing of breast tissue
« on: January 28, 2009, 04:16:26 PM »
ASCO/CAP guidelines for breast fixation for HER2/neu testing is 6-48 hours. We do not work on the weekend and are sometimes closed for holidays. This exceeds the maximum time limit on fixation.We use the Tissue Tek VIP and I don't believe it has the capability to shut down the heat on the paraffin after processing. Any suggestions for handling the tissue placed in formalin on Friday-Saturday?

Weekend processing of breast tissue
« on: January 28, 2009, 04:16:26 PM »

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Re: Weekend processing of breast tissue
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 10:05:46 AM »
What most people are doing to confront this is to let the tissues set in 70% on the processor with a delay to end at a specified time right before you return to work.

Either remove the formalin from the processor and replace with 70% or program to start with the container of 70%.
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Re: Weekend processing of breast tissue
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 11:11:40 AM »
I shall be grateful, if some one give me the link or PDF attachment of ASCO/CAP guideline on ER, PR and her 2/neu testing.

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Re: Weekend processing of breast tissue
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2009, 08:38:48 PM »
Thanks so much. We still have the problem of addressing breast cases done on Friday evening. We get them on Monday morning which is too late. That may be something the pathologists can work out with the surgeons.

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Re: Weekend processing of breast tissue
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Re: Weekend processing of breast tissue
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