1. All specimens for laboratory testing should be labeled with the following information:
2. All specimens for laboratory testing must be accompanied by a lab requisition slip or electronic order (inpatients). The request slip should contain the following information:
Medicare/Medicaid patients - include number and alpha code Insurance company Responsible party/guarantor information if patient is under 18 years of age Group number Policy number Complete address and name of insurance company Name and employer of policy holder
3. Unlabeled or improperly identified specimens should be recollected. Outreach personnel will contact the clinic to request recollection of any unlabeled or improperly identified specimen. If recollection is not feasible and specimen is deemed "precious," the appropriate clinic personnel will be responsible for identifying the specimen.
The Outreach Department will acknowledge verification of the specimen only after being authorized by clinic personnel to do so. A note will be made upon admission that the specimen was received unlabeled, along with the name of the person at the clinic verifying the specimen. This information will be recorded on the appropriate quality assurance form.
It is recommended that a copy of the requisition be maintained in the patient's file by the ordering facility.
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