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What's the buzz on anatomic pathology? Three-minute cryostat disinfection.

Recent studies highlight the inadequacy of cryostat safety today due to infection risks. Cryostat safety requirements lag far behind all other areas of the laboratory where fresh tissue and sharps, such as needles or blades, are used. Cryostats cut fresh frozen tissue daily in clinical laboratories and are only required to be disinfected weekly due to the time-consuming process. Nowhere else in laboratories are healthcare workers required to use equipment that is contaminated from up to a week's worth of use. The focus on cryostat-disinfection methods is increasing as laboratory regulations become more stringent. Disinfection methods are evolving to provide users the protection they deserve in a time frame that is manageable in today's busy laboratory environment. The automated disinfection methods of the future will need to be fast enough to be used during daily workflow, safe enough to not pose additional safety risks, and able to completely disinfect the cutting chamber. Users deserve to be protected throughout every single day.


Tyler Liebig

Product Manager Histology Instrumentation Thermo Fisher Scientific

Maker of Thermo Scientific Cryostats

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Title Annotation:TRENDS
Author:Liebig, Tyler
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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