Identifying Your Specimen
How do I label my specimens for testing?
Specimens must have two person-specific identifiers on the patient label affixed to the test tube. Person-specific identifiers include:
- Accession number
- Patient's first and last name
- Unique identifying number (medical record number, for example)
- Date of birth
Specimens are considered mislabeled when there is a mismatch between the person-specific identifiers on the specimen and the information accompanying the specimen (for example: computer system, requisition form, additional paperwork). When insufficient or inconsistent identification is submitted, a new specimen may be required, if feasible.
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