Specimen Collection Guidelines
All specimen containers must be properly labeled with two identifiers. One must be the patient name; the second may be the date of birth, the social security number and/or other medical record number.
After collecting the specimen, label the slides with the patient name on the frosted end of the slide using a pencil (ink will rub off in processing).
Make sure the lids/closures are securely tightened to prevent any leakage.
All requisitions must include the following: patient name, patient demographics (complete address, phone number, date of birth and SS #), patient medical record number, patient insurance information, diagnosis (ICD-9 codes), collection date, specimen source, the ordering provider, and all relevant clinical history.
You may attach a patient information sheet and a copy of the front and back of the insurance card to the requisition form.
Please note that any incomplete information may delay the processing and reporting of the case.
SEP will provide the pathology supplies.