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​Fetus (Burial Or Disposal)

Histology - Anatomic Pathology

Specimen Requirements​ ​

  • ​Cardboard specimen box supplied by Labour and Delivery RUH
  • Leak-proof specimen container if received in formalin
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Label the specimen container with patient’s first and last name and personal health number (PHN)
    • NOTE: Please include the mother’s first and last name and PHN if different from the addressograph
  • Complete Surgical Pathology Requisition form #4030 with addressograph, date and time of collection, type of specimen, all relevant clinical history and physician’s signature
Deliver as follows:
  • RUH:
    • The fetus is sent fresh to the morgue (Room 2831), and placed onto the shelf inside the morgue body fridge labelled “For babies and fetuses”. Place the completed requisition into the slot labelled “Consent for Autopsy” outside of cooler door.
    • After hours: Contact Security (ext. 1000) for access into the morgue
  • SPH:
    • The nurse-in-charge will make arrangements
  • SCH:
    • The fetus (and placenta, if required) is sent fresh to the Histology laboratory, along with completed requisition
​Stability Storage
  • ​Refrigerate
​Grounds for Rejection

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), 0800-1630 h
​Testing Site
  • ​RUH, SCH, SPH
​Specimen Retention
  • ​Specimen which has been submitted for paraffin processing will be maintained as per CPSS Retention Guidelines (i.e. Specimens from patients 0-17 years retained for 50 years; specimens from patients 18 years and older retained for 20 years)
  • Formalin fixed unprocessed tissue retained for 8 weeks following sign out by a pathologist
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​POC – Products of Conception

Test Ordering Requirements​ ​

​Forms Required
  • ​Surgical Pathology Requisition Form #4030

Patient History​ ​

​Relevant Clinical History
  • ​Clinical details that may be relevant to test results
​Relevant Recent Medication History
  • ​Medications that may be relevant to test results

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-326 v1

Last Modified: Monday, March 11, 2019 |
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