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Understanding OSHA For Lab Safety

Lab safety is a major concern when working in an environment with toxic chemicals and sharps that can cause physical harm. OSHA, better known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enforces safety standards by providing regulations for those working in these types of hazardous conditions. With over 20 years of OSHA Health and Safety experience, Mopec’s Safety Coordinator, Ken Roberts, knows the importance of a secure working environment. We asked him some key questions for pathologists and those working …

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History of the Autopsy

An autopsy, also known as a post mortem examination, is a dissection of a corpse that is performed to help determine the cause of death and examine effects of diseases. Throughout history, autopsies were often viewed negatively and prohibited due to religious laws.  This caused delay in advancement and prevented any development in the field for over a century. Ancient Greece: The earliest records of an autopsy were completed by Greek physician Galen of Pergamum, who had studied the symptoms …

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The Different Paths Of An Anatomic Pathologist

Cytopathology (Cytopathologist): Is the study of cells to diagnose the causes or nature of human disease. Cytopathologists examine cells that can be exfoliated, washed, or scraped from various sites from the body. An assessment of these cells can either be viewed by smearing the samples on a glass slide or suspended in a liquid medium, processed by the appropriate techniques. Dermatopathology (Dermatopathologist) : Focuses on the skin and organ system that protects the body from damage such as nails or …

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Thank you to all who completed our survey!

              We would like to thank everyone for participating in our survey. We utilize the results to ensure that we are providing the best service possible to all of our customers. We are pleased to announce the winner of the iPad, Ed Hughes from Georgia. Congratulations!

Dr. Crystal Moore, 25 Year Anniversary Pathology Award Recipient

Her nomination says it all, “Dr. Moore is active in humanizing the face of pathology and pathologists. With heartfelt articles featured in Forbes, Prevention, USA Today, Reader’s Digest and PracticeLink and speaking to empower audiences to increase their wellness in body, mind and spirit. Dr. Moore increases visibility for the profession.” Mopec was honored to have the opportunity to ask Dr. Moore a few interview questions. Did you always know you wanted to go into the medical field? Can you …

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Carlo Gonzalez, 25 Year Anniversary Pathology Award Recipient

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Carlo Gonzalez, an employee of Florida Hospital, is more than just an Autopsy Specialist and member of the Hazmat team. He is an incredible asset to his team and an understanding, respectful member of his community. Carlo is known for going above and beyond in all aspects of his role. His nomination noted that, “He has completely transformed the morgue space, supplies, and demonstrated sharp organizational skills.” Mopec was grateful for the opportunity to ask him a few questions regarding his …

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Michael Mazzotta, 25 Year Anniversary Pathology Award Recipient

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Michael Mazzotta has not only made significant contributions to SEPA Labs, but he has impacted the lives of a great deal of students. His personable attitude and educational presentations have certainly resonated with young minds. Mr. Mazzotta received his undergraduate degree in biology from Rhode Island College. During his studies, he was offered a position at Rhode Island Hospital where he assisted with close to 1500 autopsies.  During his time at the hospital, he developed a new form of training …

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LaVinia Ray, 25 Year Anniversary Pathology Award Recipient

Our first featured 25 Year Anniversary Award recipient, LaVinia Ray, has made a tremendous impact in the field of histology and necropsy. Her nomination stated, “She has demonstrated time and again that she is an exceptional communicator and gifted leader. She is a highly-dedicated professional who knows how to motivate her staff to strive for excellence and continue the learning process. She is a humble and approachable person who loves to share her extensive knowledge with others.” Mopec was thrilled …

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A Laboratory’s Response to Formalin Spills

Air ventilation is often the first thought when considering formalin safety, but what is the protocol for liquid spills? Even the most steady-handed pathologist can encounter accidental spills. Skin contact with the spill can result in allergic reactions, blistering, and hives among other symptoms. If skin does come in contact, immediately rinse with water and a mild detergent for a minimum of 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical attention right away. It is critical for every facility to have a clearly …

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Risk of Disease Transmission during an Autopsy

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Risk of transmission of disease and illness during post-mortem examinations is a serious and ever-growing concern in laboratories across the world. With proper protective wear and clean up measures, autopsy professionals need not to worry. Medical Examiners are to take utmost precaution while performing autopsies on potential infectious cadavers. There are numerous ways in which disease could be spread. Predominantly airborne illnesses, such as Tuberculosis, can be transmitted as an aerosol from bone cutting dust. In addition to using a …

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