Laboratory Specimen Labeling and Transportation



Laboratory specimens should be labeled in a legible manner with the patientís identification numbers, last name, first name, middle initial, date and time of specimen collection and the initials of the person collecting the specimen.Specimen labeling must be done while at the patientís bedside.Specimens must be transported in tightly sealed leak proof containers that are placed in sealed specimen transport bags. Specimens of different specimen type should be placed in separate specimen transport bags. Do not place blood specimens in the same bag as urine or swab specimens.The outside of all containers must be clean and free from visible contamination with blood, stool, urine and body fluids or the specimen may be rejected.Specimens should be promptly delivered to the laboratory. Specimens sent to the laboratory via the translogic tube system must be double bagged.Please refer to Special Instructions Ė Irreplaceable Specimens, on the home page of the Laboratory Handbook for transportation of irreplaceable specimens.



Turnaround Times


Turnaround times indicated in the lab handbook are to be used as guidelines, not absolute guarantees.

In general, surgical pathology final reports (except placentas) will be completed within 3 days.

    Note: Unusual, complex or special specimens may require prolonged fixation before dissection, additional special stains, or consultation by an outside pathologist. In these cases, the final report may be significantly delayed.

Routine reporting of frozen section diagnosis for simple, single button frozen sections without photography, touch preps, multiple specimens or sections will be completed within 20 minutes.

     Note: Multiple specimens or sections, or additional procedures may require a longer turnaround time.