Cytology specimens



Can anyone give me some help with cytology specimens?  We have a  procedure 
that says we do not accept large glass containers of body fluids in 
Cytology. Is that procedure from a specific source, CAP etc. We ask that all 
specimens should be submitted in an equal amount of fixative. We usually 
advise the doctors who call to shake up the pint/quart container and just 
pour a sample, 50 cc's in a container of 50 cc's of Saccomanno fixative. 
Some of these physicians complain that we are not testing enough of the 
fluid and might be missing something. I guess they never took Cytology 101 
if they really think we are testing every ounce of that size specimen. Do 
they think we cut slides on every inch of a surgical specimen? Anyhow, is 
there anything in writing from CAP or NYS that I might be missing that would 
help me when I get these calls? Or do any of you handle this differently? I 
have assumed procedures left here by a Cytotechnologist before me.

Theresa Rohr, BA HT(ASCP)
Nyack Hospital
New York
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