Milestone’s sample handling product line is an innovative and complete portfolio of systems and accessories for the transportation, grossing and fixation of specimens. By utilizing these systems, histology laboratories can critically impact the quality of the whole process of sample handling.
If quality results are needed, careful tissue preparation is necessary. In this regard, specimen handling and tissue fixation are often considered the “Achilles heel” of the pre-analytical step. Although there is a growing awareness that documentation and standardization of the fixation step are of paramount importance, only a limited number of solutions have been available on the market.
Milestone has offered a line of Vacuum Transfer Systems for biospecimens since 2009, which work to directly overcome this issue. These systems allow for the preservation of “fresh” vacuum-sealed specimens and constantly monitor both the temperature and the time of the specimens, from the surgery suite to the laboratory.
The fixation step is a crucial step to grant reliable IHC and Molecular biology studies, and with Milestone’s vacuum transfer systems, labs are better able to control and monitor this step.
With UltraSAFE, SealSAFE and TissueSAFE Plus, pathology laboratories are able to finally take back full control of the fixation process. This process can now be started and run under documented conditions and supervised by the laboratory staff. These systems allow for the elimination of formalin exposure, a carcinogenic, from the surgery theatres and labs. Since January 1st 2016, formalin has been listed as a class B1 carcinogenic and laboratories should not spare efforts to limit or avoid its open use in both the OR and AP.
In addition to that, a complete line of grossing devices assures, with millimetric precision, the grossing of both large and small samples, like lymph nodes.
For the best accuracy, the fixation step can also be monitored and standardized using a dedicated bench top fixation devices, such as FixSTATION 1RH, BoneSTATION and DecalMATE, which each have different cassette capacities.