A peritoneal washing or pelvic washing specimen is produced when a surgeon washes the peritoneal or pelvic cavity with sterile saline. This procedure is usually performed during gynecologic surgery and is most often done to stage a suspected gynecologic malignancy. The specimen is composed mainly of saline and will not clot. There is therefore, no need to add heparin to the specimen.
METHOD OF COLLECTION
- Collect the specimen in a clean, dry screw-top container. The container does not have to be sterile.
- Fasten the lid securely to avoid spillage.
- Do not add any fixative.
- Refrigerate the specimen if there is a delay in delivery to the laboratory.
- Complete the Calpath cytology requisition form per the instructions.
After collecting the specimen, please do the following:
- Place the specimen in the Calpath specimen bag.
- Place the requisition form in the side slot of the Calpath specimen bag.
- Call Calpath for a pickup or place the Calpath specimen bag in the location where our courier usually picks up your daily specimens.