Specimen Labeling and Acceptability
All specimens must be properly labeled and uniquely identified to minimize sample mix-ups /mislabeling. This can be accomplished by labeling each specimen with the Flexilab computer generated label, the computer generated label from the Care Manager order/entry system or a hand written label. Each specimen must be labeled with the following information:
OUTPATIENT or OFF-SITE PATIENT
Patient's full name
- Date of birth
- Social security number (this is the unique identifying number)
- Time of collection
- Date of Collection
- Name or initials of person collecting the specimen
Additional information required for test requests may be included on requisition for outpatients or off-site patients and in the computer system for inpatients.
For additional detail, click here for full specimen labeling policy.