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​Cervical Papanicolaou Test (Pap Test)


​ ​Ordering Recommendation

Specimen Requirements​ ​

  • ​Endocervix, ectocervix, vaginal pool, vaginal vault, vaginal wall, vulva
  • Microscope slide with frosted end, plastic slide mailer
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Using a lead pencil, label frosted end of microscope slide with patient’s personal health number (PHN) and last name with either first name or first initial
  • Smear specimen directly onto labelled slide with frosted side up
  • Fix immediately with spray fixative
  • Place slide in plastic mailer, leaving mailer open until slide is completely dry. Close mailer and place in biohazard bag. Place completed requisition, with label facing out, in outside pouch. Deliver to the Cytology laboratory.
  • ​Slide must be fixed immediately with spray fixative to avoid air drying of cells
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Testing Site​
  • ​SCH
  • ​Microscopic evaluation of conventional cytologic preparation
​Specimen Retention
  • ​Until case is signed out by pathologist
  • Slides are retained for 20 years
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​Pap Smear
  • Pap Test
  • Gynecological Smear

Testing Ordering Requirements​ ​

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-146 v2

Last Modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 |
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