Irreplaceable specimens should be hand delivered to the appropriate laboratory area. They should not be sent via the tube system. An irreplaceable specimen is defined as any specimen that would be impossible or extremely difficult to re-obtain.
Examples include tissue specimens, biopsy specimens, CSF, other body fluids, FNA (fine needle aspirations) and any specimen other than blood obtained during surgery.
Most tissue and biopsy specimens should be delivered to surgical pathology, located on the second floor of the main building adjacent to the operating rooms. Most fluids and FNA’s should be delivered to the main lab A level.