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December 2015
Grossing Equipment / Workstations

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See the Grossing Workstations and Equipment product questionnaire page, for information about companies that have products that can help with your grossing needs. To add your business or laboratory to applicable Product Questionnaires, please contact Sara Halladay-Klakulak at 248/646-0325 or PathOutSales@gmail.com.

Pathology Workstations: Frozen Section Safety
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

Exposure to infectious agents occurs in the pathology laboratory as well as in clinical settings. Frozen section presents special risks since unfixed tissue is sectioned and aerosols are often generated in cryostats. Furthermore, the urgency of providing a diagnosis to the surgeon may increase the risk of accidents. As a general rule, contaminated cryostats should be clearly marked. Ideally, a separate cryostat should be used with tissues known to be infected. Cryostats should be cleaned a least once a week or sooner at room temperature. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website lists a number of agents for inactivation of microorganisms such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and hepatitis. Specialized protocols must be utilized to inactivate prions in cryostats contaminated by tissue infected with CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease).

Some cryostat models have implemented several safety features to help mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious agents. For example, the Leica CM 1950 cryostat (Leica Biosystems) utilizes UVC (ultraviolet C) light and a specialized nanosilver coating as well as HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, and vacuum suction for disinfection of cryostat surfaces and minimization of aerosol exposure. Whatever measures are applied, adherence to universal precautions and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and eyewear are paramount in preventing exposure to infectious agents from frozen section material.

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EXAKT Technologies, Inc. the Exclusive US Distributor for EXAKT Advanced Technologies of Germany, is a leading provider of cutting and grinding equipment for use in sample preparation. EXAKT's NEW Pathology Saw was designed specifically for pathology lab use. This bone saw offers the SAFEST alternative for grossing samples. Unlike butcher saws used in many labs, the diamond band of the EXAKT saw does not cut, but grinds the bone precisely. There is no immediate risk of injury to the technician if the band is touched unintentionally. The EXAKT saw easily cuts metal implants or screws encountered during the grossing process. For more information call 1-800-866-7172 or visit www.exaktusa.com/pathology-equipment/ to watch the EXAKT Pathology Saw Video.

Milestone Medical provides a portfolio of standardization and documentation products for the grossing workstation. From our MacroPATH D digital imaging, annotation and storage system to the CheckLITE non-contact specimen thickness measurement device and CutMATE grossing forceps, Milestone is building tools to ensure standardization of tissue thicknesses with great processing and results in mind! For more information call 866-995-5300, email info@milestonemed.com or visit us at http://www.milestonemed.com.

MOPEC is known world-wide for the innovative functionally of their products. MOPEC designs, engineers, manufacturers and installs custom Pathology Laboratory Equipment, delivering full service solutions for all your facility needs. We feature fume handling equipment, stainless steel cabinets, refrigeration, dissecting instruments, transport carts, stationary / elevating pedestal downdraft workstations, rotating pedestal tables, short pedestal tables, L-Shaped downdraft workstations, backdraft / dualdraft workstations and elevating backdraft workstations. Everything carrying the MOPEC name is ergonomically designed and engineered for the pathology environment. All of our workstations and tables can be customized and fabricated to meet the specific requirements of your facility. For more information, visit us at http://www.mopec.com/ or call us at 800.362.8491.

Photodyne Technologies manufactures top of the line computerized macro photography systems for grossing, pathology, histology and other scientific applications, using high resolution digital cameras. Various models are available, and the company specializes in custom designs, usually at no extra charge. These state of the art macroscopic (gross) imaging units revolutionize the picture taking process in the laboratory. The systems enable even non-photographers to take professional quality photos in seconds. The patented, state-of-the-art systems are used by hundreds of leading hospitals, universities, medical examiner offices and research institutes worldwide. The included proprietary software allows one to take pictures directly from the computer. All attributes of the camera are controllable from the computer as well, and the image is viewable in real time on the screen, allowing adjustments before the picture is taken. The picture is then transferred directly to the computer and is stored on the computer's hard drive for editing, archiving, or email as an attachment like any other image file via the internet. Visit us online at www.photodyne.com or contact us at 800-660-2147 or info@photodyne.com.

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July 2015: Digital / Imaging / Photography
August 2015: Books & Journals
September 2015: Antibodies / Biomarkers
October 2015: Laboratories
November 2015: Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers
December 2015: Grossing Equipment / Workstations

January 2016: Billing / Consulting / Management
February 2016: Microscopes / Microscopy Products
March 2016: Tissue Processors / Other Histology
April 2016: Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME
May 2016: Computer Software and Systems
June 2016: Diagnostic Testing / Reagents

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