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Specimen Collection and Preparation

Instructions by Specimen Type

For instructions about collecting and preparing your specimen, you need to identify and select your specimen type:

Specimen Type Examples


Blood, plasma, serum, red blood cells


Random, 24-hour


Random, 24-hour

Microbiology Specimen

Swab, urine, sputum, blood, stool

Microbiology Organism

Actively growing pure culture of microorganism (slant, broth)

Special Collections

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), chain of custody, coagulation studies, stones, saliva, metals (serum, blood, urine, hair, nails), pathology (nerve, muscle, renal)

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