Guidelines for Acceptability of Specimens
Unacceptable specimens are reported immediately to the referring laboratory. To avoid rejected specimens, please refer to instruction for specific specimen requirement, collection and handling.
A. Unacceptable Specimens
- Mislabeled Specimens
a. The name and/or identifying number do not match on the sample and requisition.
b. The name and/or identifying number are missing from the sample or requisition.
- Unsuitable Specimens
a. Specimen with insufficient quantity.
b. Hemolyzed blood specimen
c. Improperly collected specimen
d. Inappropriate type of specimen or preservative
e. Unacceptable time lapse since collection
f. Visible signs of contamination
g. Specimen not collected in the proper container
h. Improperly handled or transported specimen
B. Corrective Actions:
- Referral specimens that are determined as mislabeled and/or unsuitable for testing are held, pending contact with referring client. The client will be asked to submit another sample.
- For outpatients, the LRA staff will be notified that the sample was mislabeled and/or unsuitable for testing and will need to be recollected.
- Specimens that are incompletely identified (lack the necessary information) or clerical transcription errors are suspected on the request form, but the identity of the sample is not in question, the sending party will be asked to complete the necessary information on the label and/or request slip, or, if not possible, the specimen will be returned.