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  Cytology, Sputum Specimen Type:
  also known as Sputum Cytology, Sputum to R/O PCP, Sputum for Silver Stain Other

CYTOPATHOLOGY

Specimen requirements: N/A
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: N/A
Absolute minimum amount: N/A
Method of collection: N/A
Transportation: N/A
Label instructions: Specimen must be labeled with patient name, Medical Record and Patient numbers.
Request test on form: Cytopathology ( 151-805 )
Order/entry screen(s):  N/A
Stat frequency: N/A
Stat turn around time: N/A
Routine frequency: Weekdays
Must be in by: N/A
Routine turn around time: 2 working days
For Hillcrest deliver to: Cytopathology : 2nd Floor, Cytology Laboratory,
  room 2-113
For Thornton deliver to: Thornton Laboratory : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: N/A
Special Instructions: Sputum to r/o pneumocystis carinii should be induced. At Hillcrest contact skin testing at ext 35890 for inducement. At Thornton contact Respiratory Therapy @ pager 6202 for inducement. It is also recommended that sputum to r/o malignant cells be induced. If possible, have the patient cough up specimen directly into a 4 oz. plastic container. Do not add any fixative to container. Send fresh. A Cytopathology requisition form must be completely filled out to include pertinent clinical history as well as the requesting physician's pid number. All specimens for routine processing and silver stain must be in the laboratory at Hillcrest by no later than 08:30am, Monday through Friday. The following work day, "rush" or "same day" cases must be received by the laboratory at Hillcrest no later than 12:30pm with "rush" written on the requisition form and the pager number of the requesting physician. Write "rule out fungus and/or pneumocystis carinii" on the requisition if these organisms are suspected. These cases will be stained and read out by the end of the day. At Hillcrest after hours, weekends and holidays place the specimen in the refrigerator located in the closet next to the surgical pathology Tissue Gross Room #2-304.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
CyberLAB abbreviation: N/A
CyberLAB code: N/A
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A