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Cervical Screening Programme
Department of Health
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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Equipment for Smear Taking
Light source should be adequate and adjustable.
Cervical cell samplers:
[Cervical cell samplers ]
Fixative: alcohol aerosol spray or vial containing 95% alcohol.
Glass slide or vial for liquid based cytology labelled with
client's full name and ID number should be ready before sampling.
Label the frosted end of glass slide with pencil as ink and
paper labels would be washed off during processing in the laboratory.
Cytology request form: apart from personal details, clinical
information should be included, as it would assist the cytologist
in slide interpretation. Details should include client's age,
last menstrual period, whether the client is pregnant, postnatal,
postmenopausal, using hormone or Intrauterine Contraceptive
Device (IUCD). Any risk factors such as prior CIN or treatment,
abnormal cervical appearance, or presence of contact or postcoital
bleeding should also be written down on the request form.