Pathology Specimen Handbook

Recent changes for all departments


 Recent changes for ALPHA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS

Recent changes for ALPHA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
5th April 2019Alternative namesDNA-THALASSAEMIA, THALASSAEMIA DNA STUDIES, BETA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS, ALPHA GENE ANALYSIS, ALPHA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS, Hb DNA ANALYSIS, HAEMOGLOBIN DNA ANALYSIS, HAEMOGLOBIN SEQUENCINGDNA-THALASSAEMIA, THALASSAEMIA DNA STUDIES, BETA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS, ALPHA GENE ANALYSIS, ALPHA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS, Hb DNA ANALYSIS, HAEMOGLOBIN DNA ANALYSIS, HAEMOGLOBIN SEQUENCING HAEMOGLOBINOPATHY DNA

 Recent changes for BCRABL

Recent changes for BCRABL
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
16th May 2019Minimum/Paediatric Volume1 mL2.5 mL
Preferred Container TypeEDTA Whole Blood
EDTA Bone Marrow
PAXgene (Blood RNA)
EDTA Bone Marrow
Optional Container TypeEDTA Whole Blood
Collection & Request Instructions

Please ensure that blood for molecular testing for BCRABL is collected in a separate dedicated sterile tube. Molecular specimens must NOT be put through any analysers. If unsure please call the Genetics and Molecular Pathology laboratory.

Tube handling must be minimized to prevent contamination.

Collections between Friday 2:30pm and Sunday 12pm must be avoided. Specimens collected after 12pm on Sundays must be stored at room temperature. Specimens more than 24 hours old cannot be tested and a recollection will be requested.

For collections that occur externally to the Clayton site, please ensure that specimens reach the Clayton laboratory by 4pm if collected on Fridays.

Please ensure that blood for molecular testing for BCRABL is collected in a separate dedicated sterile tube. Molecular specimens must NOT be put through any analysers. If unsure please call the Genetics and Molecular Pathology laboratory.

Tube handling must be minimized to prevent contamination.

For EDTA tubes collections between Friday 2:30pm and Sunday 12pm must be avoided.

EDTA specimens collected after 12pm on Sundays must be stored at room temperature.

EDTA specimens more than 24 hours old cannot be tested and a recollection will be requested. Sample in Paxgene tube is viable for 3 days at room temparature.  

For EDTA collections that occur externally to the Clayton site, please ensure that specimens reach the Clayton laboratory by 3pm if collected on Fridays.

FrequencyOn requestWeekly

 Recent changes for BLOOD CULTURES

Recent changes for BLOOD CULTURES
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
13th June 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Adults add 5-10ml blood.  Fill the aerobic bottle first then the anaerobic. Paeds add 1-5ml blood. For mycobacteria use single specific bottle (contact Microbiology). Use sterile technique

Adults add 5-10ml blood.  Fill the aerobic bottle first then the anaerobic. Paeds add 1-5ml blood. For mycobacteria/Fungi use single specific bottle (contact Microbiology). Use sterile technique

 Recent changes for CATHETER TIPS

Recent changes for CATHETER TIPS
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
11th April 2019Alternative namesCVC TIP, PICC LINE, IV TIP, EVD TIP, HICKMAN LINECVC TIP, PICC LINE, IV TIP, HICKMAN LINE, TIP
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for CSF (CEREBRAL SPINAL FLUID) FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE

Recent changes for CSF (CEREBRAL SPINAL FLUID) FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
10th April 2019Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Use a CSF set of three tubes .

For Adults collect 1mL into Tube 1 and 2 and 3mL into tube 3

For Paediatric patients collect 5 drops into Tubes 1 and 2 and 1mL into tube 3

Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

Use a CSF set of three tubes .

For Adults collect 1mL into Tube 1 and 2 and 3mL into tube 3

For Paediatric patients collect 5 drops into Tubes 1 & 2 and 1mL into tube 3

Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

10th April 2019Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Use a CSF set of three tubes .

For Adults collect 1mL into Tube 1 and 2 and 3mL into tube 3

Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

Use a CSF set of three tubes .

For Adults collect 1mL into Tube 1 and 2 and 3mL into tube 3

For Paediatric patients collect 5 drops into Tubes 1 and 2 and 1mL into tube 3

Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

15th January 2019Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Collect 2-3ml into a set of sterile tubes. Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

Use a CSF set of three tubes .

For Adults collect 1mL into Tube 1 and 2 and 3mL into tube 3

Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

15th January 2019Volume (Adults)3 mL5 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request InstructionsCollect 2-3ml into a set of sterile tubes. Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

Collect 2-3ml into a set of sterile tubes. Please specify if require: AFB's, viral culture, PCR for HSV, Enterovirus, varicella, CMV, cell count on all three tubes (eg SAH), syphilis serology (send a serum sample as well if syphilis suspected)

 Recent changes for EVD TIP

Recent changes for EVD TIP
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
11th April 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
11th April 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for FROZEN SECTION - HISTOLOGY

Recent changes for FROZEN SECTION - HISTOLOGY
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
16th April 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
16th April 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
16th April 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Advance notice of a frozen section is required (up to 24 hours pending of campus) The following information must be provided:-

1)Patient name 2)Name of surgeon 3)Date and time of surgery 4)Location (threatre phone number) 5)Nature of specimen

 If operation is cancelled, delayed, or frozen section no longer required, notify histopathologist immediately.

Out-of-hours frozen section examinations are available by consultation with the on-call pathologist (contact via switchboard).

Request form must indicate "FROZEN SECTION"

Advance notice of a frozen section is required (up to 24 hours pending of campus) The following information must be provided:-

1)Patient name 2)Name of surgeon 3)Date and time of surgery 4)Location (threatre phone number) 5)Nature of specimen

When delivering specimens for frozen section to pathology, please hand over to staff directly, do not leave the specimen unattended

For Clayton campus deliver the specimen and request form directly to the histopathology laboratory on level 3, NOT specimen reception on level 4.

 If the surgery is cancelled, delayed, or frozen section no longer required, notify histopathologist immediately.

Out-of-hours frozen section examinations are available by consultation with the on-call pathologist (contact via switchboard).

Request form must indicate "FROZEN SECTION"

 Recent changes for HOMOCYSTEINE (TOTAL)

Recent changes for HOMOCYSTEINE (TOTAL)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
17th April 2019Collection & Request Instructions

Non fasting samples are acceptable.

Cna only be collected at Dandenong, Casey, Clayton and Moorabbin collection rooms. Samples MUST be collected and sent to laboratory on ice.

Non fasting samples are acceptable.

Can only be collected at Dandenong, Casey, Clayton and Moorabbin collection rooms. Samples MUST be collected and sent to laboratory on ice.

 Recent changes for LYSO SM509

Recent changes for LYSO SM509
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
6th February 2019Preferred Container TypeSerum - Gel tube - Contains Clot ActivatorEDTA Plasma

 Recent changes for MANTOUX TEST:This is test not performed by Pathology

Recent changes for MANTOUX TEST:This is test not performed by Pathology
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th March 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
FrequencyOn requestNot applicable
29th March 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
28th March 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
FrequencyTuesdayOn request
28th March 2019Assay nameMANTOUX TEST:This test not performed by PathologyMANTOUX TEST:This is test not performed by Pathology
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
28th March 2019Assay nameMANTOUX TEST:This test is no longer availableMANTOUX TEST:This test not performed by Pathology
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
27th March 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
27th March 2019Assay nameMANTOUX TESTMANTOUX TEST:This test is no longer available
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Ring private pathology rooms on 42469 to make an appointment.

Test performed on Tuesdays and read on Fridays.

 

 Recent changes for MUSCLE BIOPSY

Recent changes for MUSCLE BIOPSY
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
1st March 2019Alternative namesNERVE BIOPSY
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for PARATHYROID HORMONE RELATED PEPTIDE

Recent changes for PARATHYROID HORMONE RELATED PEPTIDE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
9th January 2019Preferred Specimen Typerefer to collection instructionsBlood
Collection & Request InstructionsFill tube to line
Collection & Request Instructions

Collect on ice

2 x 4 mL special tubes (EDTA + Aprotinin + Leupeptin) available from Special Chemistry on request.

Not suitable as a pre registration request.

 Recent changes for PNEUMOVAX IG RESPONSE

Recent changes for PNEUMOVAX IG RESPONSE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
24th January 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
FrequencyDaily

 Recent changes for QUAD TEST

Recent changes for QUAD TEST
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
4th June 2019Alternative namesMATERNAL SERUM TEST, TRIPLE TEST: FOR DOWNS SYNDROME & NTD, FIRST TRIMESTER SERUM SCREEN, PAPP-A (QUAD), Pre-eclampsia screenMATERNAL SERUM TEST, TRIPLE TEST: FOR DOWNS SYNDROME & NTD, FIRST TRIMESTER SERUM SCREEN, PAPP-A, PAPA (Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A)(QUAD), Pre-eclampsia screen
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for RAPID INFLUENZA TEST

Recent changes for RAPID INFLUENZA TEST
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th May 2019Assay nameRAPID INFUENZAE TESTINGRAPID INFUENZA TEST
Alternative namesRAPID RSV TESTING, INFLUENZAE RAPID TESTING, RSV RAPID TESTINGRAPID RSV TEST, INFLUENZA RAPID TEST, RSV RAPID TEST
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for SELENIUM

Recent changes for SELENIUM
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
21st January 2019Optional Container TypeHeparin Plasma (Gel)

 Recent changes for SEMEN ANALYSIS (INFERTILITY)

Recent changes for SEMEN ANALYSIS (INFERTILITY)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
1st June 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Patients (rather than samples) should be referred to the Andrology at Clayton Phone 9543 2833 or Richmond Phone 8540 5587 . Note patients are required to ring for an appointment

Patients (rather than samples) should be referred to the Andrology at Clayton Phone 8540 5587 or Richmond Phone 8540 5587 . Note patients are required to ring for an appointment

1st June 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Patients (rather than samples) should be referred to the Andrology at Clayton Phone 9590 8325 or Richmond Phone 9429 4603. Note patients are required to ring for an appointment

Patients (rather than samples) should be referred to the Andrology at Clayton Phone 9543 2833 or Richmond Phone 8540 5587 . Note patients are required to ring for an appointment

 Recent changes for SEMEN ANALYSIS (POST VASECTOMY)

Recent changes for SEMEN ANALYSIS (POST VASECTOMY)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
1st June 2019Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Patients (rather than samples) should be referred to the Andrology at Clayton Phone 9590 8325 or Richmond Phone 9429 4603. Note patients are required to ring for an appointment

Patients (rather than samples) should be referred to the Andrology at Clayton Phone 8540 5587 or Richmond Phone 8540 5587. Note patients are required to ring for an appointment

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