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Physicians and others from outside the University of Iowa, please use the other manual.
The purpose of this collection manual is to provide specimen collection information to the Ophthalmology Department Nursing Station, Ambulatory Surgery Center, General OR, Frozen Section Room and any other areas providing patient specimens to the F. C. Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory, room 233, Medical Research Center building (MRC). Notifications of annual review and updates are sent by e-mail to all ophthalmology staff, the General O.R., Frozen Section Room, and the Ambulatory Surgical Center.
Specimen collection begins with the removal of a fluid or a piece of tissue from a patient during a surgical procedure. If the procedure requires stat/rush attention, (i.e: Acanthamoeba scraping, temporal artery biopsy, etc.) the F.C. Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory should be contacted in advance of beginning the procedure as the Eye Pathology Laboratory must prepare equipment and materials for these particular procedures prior to receiving the patient's specimen. Dr. Syed (pager 2438) needs to be called for all fine needle aspirate procedures.
Exceptions to Routine Pick-up Time
Handling, Labeling and Transportation of Specimens
Attending Physicians Responsibilities
Operating Room, Ambulatory Surgery and Ophthalmology Nursing Staff Responsibilities
Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory's Responsibilities
Incomplete or Missing Patient or Specimen Information
Sending Information to the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
Giving Patient Information to Physicians
Copies of Final Reports
Corneal Epithelial Scraping for Acanthamoeba
Fine Needle Aspirations
Frozen Sections on Ocular Tissue
Temporal Artery Biopsies
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Corneal biopsy (for infectious disease or to demonstrate crystals)
Corneal buttons (tissue from transplant procedures, and routine)
Intraocular lens (IOL)
Lacrimal system (lacrimal gland or sac)
Optic nerve sheath
Orbital tumor/Lymphoid lesion
Orbital tumor/Pediatric tumor
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