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Specimen Labeling

Specimen Labeling - Clinical Hub, References, Laboratory Services, Specimen Collection, Container Types and Processing (UWHC)


To assure positive specimen identification and optimum specimen integrity from the time of collection through specimen testing and result reporting, all specimens must be properly labeled. Corresponding orders for laboratory testing must be submitted either by electronic means (Health Link order entry) or by use of a paper request form. The information on the specimen label must be accurate, legible, and whenever possible, printed by machine or device. The information on the specimen label must match the patient information on the electronic test order or the test request form. Per UWHC Clinical Laboratories Specimen Acceptance Policy, if patient identification on the specimen and the test order do not match, the unit will be notified and the specimen will be rejected for testing. Following is specific information requirements:


Specimens for Transfusion Service to be used for compatibility testing

Test request submitted on UWHC Laboratory Request Form

Requests for HIV antibody, HIV antigen and HIV by PCR

Non-UWHC Clients - In addition to the information listed above, the following is also needed