INFECTIOUS AGENT STUDY - CYTOLOGY
Applies To: Detection of infectious agents
Lab: Cytopathology Laboratory
Request Form: Cytopathology Requisition Form
Collection: See Storage Instructions
Storage Instructions: Slides should be fixed in 95% alcohol immediately. BAL, fluid, or pus samples are best sent immediately to the lab in a clean, secure capped container.
Causes for Rejection: Incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history, specimen not fixed on slide immediately. See Cytopathology specimens acceptance and rejection policy.
Availability: Specimens are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM (except holidays) at Room 9.300 John Sealy Annex.
Turnaround Time: Routine: 3 working days; STAT: same day
Special Instructions Slides should be put in cytopathology pap smear bottle. Pertinent clinical information must be included on request form. Slides must be labeled in pencil (frosted end) with patient's full name and unit history number.
Specimen: Infectious agent study specimens or slides
Volume: 1-6 slides or >0.5 cc of fluid.
Container: Fluid specimens best sent in a clean, secure capped tube or use Cytopathology pap smear bottle for slides.Reviewed 06/19/12 by Robert Stewart