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In the Test Catalog, use the Specimen and Overview tabs of each test to identify:
Most laboratory tests are performed on anticoagulated plasma, serum, or whole blood.
Follow the instructions in the test to collect the specimen, paying special attention to container/tube, volume, and stability (temperature) requirements.
Check the specimen requirements in the Test Catalog to see if your specimen requires any of the following:
Mayo Medical Laboratories supplies the following tubes, which have met DOT and IATA leak-proof requirements.*
T465 Clear Aliquot Tube
Standard polypropylene tube for serum and plasma specimens. Preferred tube for most specimens.
T192 Amber Aliquot Tube
Amber-colored polypropylene tube to prevent analyte degradation from exposure to light.
T485 Sterile Aliquot Tube
Sterile tube for use when maintaining sterility is critical.
*The primary receptacle must be leakproof and must not contain more than 1 liter (shipping requirement). It must be capable of withstanding, without leakage, an internal pressure of 95 kPa in the range of -40°C to 55°C.
Specimens must have two person-specific identifiers on the patient label. Person-specific identifiers include:
Specimens are considered mislabeled when there is a mismatch between the person-specific identifiers on the specimen and the information accompanying the specimen. This information might include a computer system, requisition form, or additional paperwork.
In addition, if a handwritten name and a label are on the container, the information must match exactly. For example, "Rebecca" does not match "Becky." When insufficient or inconsistent identification is submitted, a new specimen may be required.
Place the tube or container in a Mayo Medical Laboratories color-coded (temperature-specific) shipping bag.
T043 Biohazard Bag - 12x15
Use if your container is too
large for color-coded bags.
Mark it Frozen, Refrigerate,
or Room Temp (Ambient).
Folded batch sheet with bar code and delivery address visible
Clients who submit electronic orders will have a batch sheet. The bottom of the batch sheet lists the number of pages (for example, 1 of 3). Fold the batch sheets into fourths and place them in the outside pocket of the bag. If there is no pocket, place them inside the bag with the specimens. Include all pages in the corresponding bag. The delivery address and bar code, if applicable, must be visible. Do not combine multiple batches into one bag.
Clients who do not order electronically must include a completed Test Request form with each patient specimen. Our Customized Test Request Form generator provides the Test Request form and all other required forms for the specified test. Complete and print all forms included; then fold and insert the forms into the outside pocket of the biohazard bag. If there is no pocket, place the forms inside the bag with the specimen.