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FAQs: Printing, Collecting and Labeling Specimens

Printing Labels

What if I don’t know which Printer to select?

What if I need to reprint Blood Bank labels?

What if eStar is down? I can’t print a label from eStar.

What if I take a specimen for Point of Care Testing (POCT) outside the patient room ? Do I need to label it?

Collecting Specimens

What if I am unsure of the processing instructions for a particular lab? I.e. does it need to go on ice, be protected from light etc.

What if I am unable to collect a blood specimen and I need the IV team to obtain the specimen?

What if I have a PCV ordered q am and I am collecting a CBC. How would I indicate that the PCV is included in the CBC?

What if extra tubes of blood are drawn? (i.e. a rainbow draw)

What if I need to collect a type and screen specimen for the Blood Bank, how is this process different from other labs?

What if I want to collect a specimen early? (am lab is timed for 5am but I have the patient awake at 3am)

What if I need to send more than one patient’s specimen to the lab?

What if I am unable to collect enough blood?

What if I need to collect blood cultures X2, where do I label the source?

What do I do if an error occurs with the collection of one or more of the specimen: specimen damaged, lost, broken, quantity not sufficient or processed incorrectly and the lab cannot process the test?

Labeling Specimens

What happens if I write on the lab ready labels? It has a place for VUNET ID on the label.

What if a generic label is already applied to a specimen container and a Lab Ready Label is available?

What if I need to label an anatomical pathology specimen (ie a biopsy, pathology blood, urine, stool, sputum, etc.)?

What if the Lab Ready Label is damaged or lost? Do I have to re–enter the order?

What if I need to label a 24-hour Urine specimens?

What if I need to label CSF specimens?

What if I need to label ABGs syringe that a respiratory therapist will be running on the unit?

What if a test needs to be added to a specimen already in the lab?

What if I need to label a urine specimen? Are there any differences?

What if I need to label Anatomic Pathology Specimens (such as placenta or tissue biopsy)?

What if I need to label cultures (i.e. blood cultures) from multiple sites?