Specimen Collection

Broom-Like Device Protocol

Obtain...

...an adequate sampling from the cervix using a broom-like device. If desired, use lukewarm water to warm and lubricate the speculum. Water-soluble gel lubricant sparingly applied to the posterior blade of the speculum can be used if necessary.1 Insert the central bristles of the broom into the endocervical canal deep enough to allow the shorter bristles to fully contact the ectocervix. Push gently, and rotate the broom in a clockwise direction five times.

Rinse...

...the broom as quickly as possible into the PreservCyt solution vial by pushing the broom into the bottom of the vial 10 times, forcing the bristles apart. As a final step, swirl the broom vigorously to further release material. Discard the collection device.

Tighten...

...the cap so that the torque line on the cap passes the torque line on the vial.

Record...

...the patient's name and ID number on the vial, and the patient information and medical history on the cytology requisition form.

Place...

...the vial and requisition in a specimen bag for transport to the laboratory.

1. Cervicovaginal Cytology Based on the Papanicolaou Technique; Approved Guideline – Third Edition (Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute GP15-A3).

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