- Use the correct
- Tissue samples - 10% Neutral Buffered Formalin
- Fluids - cytology fixative (methanol)
- The container should be a
suitable size for the specimen; ensure sufficient fixative is
used. Ensure the correct lid is used and that it is screwed on
correctly to avoid leakage.
- Samples must be sent with an
outer mailing container. Not doing so contravenes mailing
regulations and increases the risk of breakage and leakage.
- Please label the inner specimen
pot, not the outer mailer which is re-used. We also recommend
that you label the specimen container.
- Do not use Sellotape to seal
the containers. This is time-consuming to remove
- Absorbent wadding should be
included. Samples should be
submitted in double waterproof packing with sufficient
absorbent material to absorb spills.
- Label as a pathological
specimen and include your name as sender on the
NOTE: Extra-large specimens should be
sliced into carefully and fixed
in formalin for at least 48 hours. When the sample is brown
rather than red with blood, wrap it in cotton wool or gauze dampened with formalin. Place in a heavy gauge plastic
bag and seal, wrap
with absorbent material and seal in another bag. Protect with an
outer box for posting.