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General Specimen Collection

The College of American Pathologists require at least two (2) unique patient identifiers on specimens submitted for testing.

Verify patient identification by having patient, parent or guardian state full name and date of birth. Photo identification is mandatory for a chain of custody drug screening.

The phlebotomist may collect blood samples by venipuncture or capillary draw. The doctor, a physician office employee, the patient or the patient’s guardian is responsible for collecting other specimen types.

Label each specimen with the following:

  • Patient’s name or another unique identifier
  • Date and time of collection
  • Sample source if indicated
  • Phlebotomist’s initials 

Submit sample preserved by a method listed in the test directory. Frozen samples must have sample type listed on the container. 

Submit a test request form complete with the patient’s test and billing information and any other pertinent information. It is very important that each request include the following:

  • Patient’s first and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of collection
  • Physician’s name
  • Test(s) requested
  • Pertinent clinical history (Example: for Pap tests, the patient’s last menstrual period and last Pap result)
  • Signed Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN), if applicable
  • ICD-10 Code if applicable
  • Complete billing information