REMINDERS ON HOW TO OBTAIN OPTIMAL PAP RESULTS:
- Paps should not be taken during menstruation, according to guidelines for all pap methods provided by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute GP15-A3. Douching prior to the exam and lubricants should be avoided.
- If lubricant is necessary for collection, please make sure the use of lubricant like pap jelly that does not have carbomer listed as an ingredient. It should be applied sparingly on the outer portion of the speculum with great care.
- The cervical transformation zone should be thoroughly sampled in a patient with a cervix. If an adequate endocervical component is not present on the slide, the report will read “Satisfactory but limited – endocervical component not present or scant”.
- Please do not break off the device in the Thin Prep vial. Collection devices should be immediately rinsed in the vial and discarded.
The pap smear is a screening procedure to aid in the detection of cervical cancer and its precursors. Both false positive and false negative results are known to occur.
THINPREP® METHOD FOR COLLECTION OF GYN (PAP SMEAR) SPECIMENS – IMPORTANT LINKS