Specific collection instructions for individual test appear in the alphabetical test index of the Directory of Services under “Specimen required” and in our online test directory. Please refer to this information to ensure that the appropriate specimen has been collected and test ordered.
All specimens submitted to ClearPoint for testing must be appropriately labeled. This requirement assures positive identification and optimum integrity of patient specimens from the time of collection until testing is completed and results reported. Clients will be notified of inappropriately labeled specimens, which will be returned to the client upon request.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory General Checklist requires that all specimens must be labeled at the time of collection to provide unique identification. Ideally, a name-number system is desirable so that there are at least two separate identifying items on each sample.
OSHA requires that all shipments containing clinical specimens be marked with a “Biohazard Label.” Bags and labels for shipments send to ClearPoint will be provided.
Ambient Temperature (Room Temperature)
Our standard transport bags are designed to transport blood, urine, and other specimens that do not require special temperatures for handling. If you have any concerns regarding the effect of extreme weather conditions on routine or refrigerated specimens, please contact Client Services.
Exposure to Light
It is important to avoid exposing blood specimens for photosensitive analytes to artificial or sunlight for any length of time. The test index will identify those tests adversely affected by light exposure. These specimens are to be protected with specimens are to be protected with an aluminum wrap or equivalent.
Place specimen in the refrigerator for storage before pick up by the courier.
- Label each tube with the patient’s full name, date of birth, date and time collected, and type of specimen (urine, EDTA plasma, serum, etc.), and a with a collector’s name or ID number.
- When submitting frozen specimens, it is critical to leave and air space at the top of the tube to allow for expansion and to prevent leakage.
- Contact Client Services for special transport arrangements of critical specimens.