From: Laurie Yoder <laurie.yoder**At_Symbol_Here**EMU.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] cadaver preservation fluid
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:13:52 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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In our teaching lab, we have been using a formaldehyde/phenol/glycerin mixture as a preservative and wetting agent to maintain the cadavers. We would like to move to something less hazardous, and the lab manager is suggesting a 2-phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol mixture. Does anyone have experience with this replacement? Is it as effective as the formaldehyde/phenol? In my quick glance through the SDSs it looks like a better option, but are there other hazards that we should be aware of? I hope that we can scale back the need for our formaldehyde monitoring and respirator program by switching solutions.

Laurie M. Yoder
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Hygiene Officer
Eastern Mennonite University


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