Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Amputation

Test Name: Amputation
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Pathology
Specimen Type: Limb (arm, leg) or portions thereof
Collection Information: Wrap fresh specimen in dark, double plastic bags. Label specimen with patient and specimen identification on outer bag and then one of the following:
- "FOR DISPOSAL" on addressograph if for disposal
- "PICK UP" if family is arranging to pick up the specimen
- "EXAMINATION" if specimen is to be grossed by Pathology

Notify Pathology at ext. 36312 or by email and Include patient name/PIN, specimen type, specimen for disposal, pick up or examination.

Specimens for pathological examination - attach completed Surgical Pathology Requisition to specimen and place in white plastic container with order sticker.

Specimens for disposal only - indicate 'For Disposal' on specimen labelling.

See our policy on the Submission of Specimens to Pathology.

See our policy on the Disposal of Limbs, Tissues, Organs
Requisition: PowerChart: E-order choosing appropriate specimen. See Identification of Clinical Specimens
Test Schedule: As Required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
3-4 weeks
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2016-03-15
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Method of Analysis: Examination and analysis
Critical Information Required: Clinical history is crucial to an accurate diagnosis.
Storage & Shipment: If specimen is for disposal, send by Porter to body storage area at respective hospital site.
If specimen is for pathological examination, send through the courier system to the Pathology Laboratory.
System Codes: 
Surgical Pathology Request
Referred To:  

Questions? Comments? Contact Laura Gopaul