Requisition and Labeling of Specimens:
Specimen and request form must both be labeled with the correct
patient name, medical record number (MRN) and corporate patient
index (CPI ) number. Name and numbers on specimen container and
request form must match exactly to be acceptable. Specimen and
request forms should be attached to each other either by a rubber
band or by being placed in a two-pocketed specimen bag. Blood
micro-collection containers may best be attached by taping them to
the request form without obscuring information on the form.
- Specimens for the Blood Bank Laboratory must be labeled with
the MRN rather than the CPI number and must always bear the date of
collection and name of the phlebotomist. Also, Blood Bank specimens
may bear only a single label. For more information on the
collection and labeling of Blood Bank specimens, refer to the
section on Transfusion Medicine. If any questions arise, call the
Blood Bank at ext. 1-2731.
- Timed specimens must be labeled with the time and date of
collection or else some indication of time must be provided, such
as: Peak, Trough, Pre-infusion, Post-infusion, Time 0 min., 30
Staff is asked to complete all requested information. Critical
items are the patient=s name, medical record number and CPI number
with a valid Visit Suffix, submitting physician=s name and number,
extension or beeper number, initials of phlebotomist or collector,
collection date and time and test[s] desired. An incomplete request
form may delay result availability. ICD-9 codes are required by
HCFA and others for each test ordered.
Note: For microbiology tests, precisely identify specimen type
and source, currentantimicrobial therapy, suspected organism(s)
especially if unusual and the precise collection time.
The submitting physician or the patient>=s nurse will be
notified of all canceled tests or specimen rejection and the reason
for cancellation or rejection. Any requests for further processing
should be addressed to the medical director or pathologist on