Journal of Cytology

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: 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67--71

Indian academy of cytologists national guidelines for cytopathology laboratories for handling suspected and positive COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) patient samples


Radhika Srinivasan, Parikshaa Gupta, Bharat Rekhi, Prabal Deb, Vijay S Nijhawan, Dev Prasoon, Venkat Iyer, Sandeep Mathur, Nalini Gupta, Meherbano Kamal, Madhu Mati Goel, Indranil Chakrabarti, Madhusmita Jena, Ram Nawal Rao, Arvind Rajwanshi, Siddaraju Raju, Surendra Verma, RGW Pinto 
 Indian Academy of Cytologists, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Radhika Srinivasan
Secretary, Indian Academy of Cytologists
India

COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. This scenario has impacted the way we practice cytopathology. Cytology laboratories receive fresh and potentially infectious biological samples including those from the respiratory tract, from COVID-19 positive or suspected patients. Hence, the Indian Academy of Cytologists thought it necessary and fit to bring forth appropriate guidelines starting from transportation, receipt, processing, and reporting of samples in the COVID-19 era. The guidelines are prepared with the aim of safeguarding and protecting the health care personnel including laboratory staff, trainees and cytopathologists by minimizing exposure to COVID-19 so that they remain safe, in order to able to provide a continuous service. We hope that these national guidelines will be implemented across all cytopathology laboratories effectively.


How to cite this article:
Srinivasan R, Gupta P, Rekhi B, Deb P, Nijhawan VS, Prasoon D, Iyer V, Mathur S, Gupta N, Kamal M, Goel MM, Chakrabarti I, Jena M, Rao RN, Rajwanshi A, Raju S, Verma S, Pinto R. Indian academy of cytologists national guidelines for cytopathology laboratories for handling suspected and positive COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) patient samples.J Cytol 2020;37:67-71


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Srinivasan R, Gupta P, Rekhi B, Deb P, Nijhawan VS, Prasoon D, Iyer V, Mathur S, Gupta N, Kamal M, Goel MM, Chakrabarti I, Jena M, Rao RN, Rajwanshi A, Raju S, Verma S, Pinto R. Indian academy of cytologists national guidelines for cytopathology laboratories for handling suspected and positive COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) patient samples. J Cytol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 May 28 ];37:67-71
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