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Specimen Labeling & Transport

Specimen Labeling Guidelines                            

WakeMed Laboratories requires that specimens be labeled with the following patient and collection information.  Specimens received at the WakeMed processing center without the required information may result in testing delay.

Clinical Specimens
• Print last name, first name and middle initial of patient
• Patient's date of birth and/or Social Security number
• Date, time and initial of person collecting the specimen

Histology & Cytology Specimens
• Print last name, first name and middle initial of patient
• Patient's date of birth and/or Social Security number
• The specimen identity clearly labeled on each container

Specimen Transport Guidelines

• All Specimens MUST be placed in a biohazard specimen bag for transport.
• The specimen should be placed in the back press-seal section of the bag and sealed for transport.