Non-blood Sample Collection
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Guidelines for standard non-blood sample collection

Patient-collected samples

Collection containers are available from your local lab outpatient facility. See sample collect​ion information for samples collected by the patient.

Orders for inpatient samples must be entered into the hospital computer once the sample has been collected and is ready to be delivered to the lab. All samples must be properly labelled. Improperly labelled samples will require resolution before the tests may be performed. Refer to the Sample Acceptability Criteria for more information.


Refer to patient collection instructions (found in resources tab) specific to:

OR samples

OR samples require special handling.  See guidelines below for:


Body fluids

Useful information regarding a patient’s disease process can be determined from body fluids such as pleural, synovial, peritoneal, and ascitic fluids. A wide range of variables can affect the reliability and clinical significance of the final result. Carefully following the guidelines for body fluid sample collections will help to maintain the quality of the sample.

Separate instructions for CSF samples are found below.

Cerebrospinal fluid - CSF

CSF samples should be delivered to the lab promptly following collection and handed directly to laboratory staff. Include any additional requisitions as required for specialized testing. If an inadequate volume of sample is collected for the tests required, the requesting physician must prioritize testing.

  • A complete patient history must be included on BCCDC requisitions.
  • Testing on CSF is usually required to be done immediately.
  • Separate tubes are necessary for individual tests.  Refer to the CSF collection container assignment chart.

Bone marrow

Bone Marrow requests must follow clinical guidelines determined by an IH Pathologist or Specialist with expertise in Hematology.

Physicians must complete the Request for Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy Form (#826216).  The request form is reviewed by a pathologist to ensure appropriate ancillary tests are ordered before an appointment is booked.


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