Correct labelling of all specimens is essential as per NATA/RCPA requirements.
- Patient surname, first name, date of birth, address/MRN are the minimal requirements for identification
- Medicare number and surgery UR number should be included on the request slip for further identification purposes
- Time and date of specimen collection are now required (for accreditation) by NATA to be indicated on samples and request slips
Checking of the patient’s identity is important, particularly with cross matches and blood groups. The identification of these specimens must be checked by a separate individual and/or by the patient themselves.
Glass slides (pap smears, blood films, etc) should be labelled in pencil, with the patient’s full name and date of birth.
Storage & Transport
Most specimens should be transported in specimen bags and stored as follows:
|Blood, urine and faeces samples||2 – 8|
|Swabs, smears, semen samples, biopsies, urea breath tests and cold agluttinins||Room temperature|
Some specimens require special attention. See instructions under the individual tests or phone the laboratory.
Several helpful resources have been listed to help you with your pathology needs.
Provides useful guidelines for the selection and interpretation of pathology tests. Consists of sections addressing clinical problems, pathology tests, and pathology decision support tools.