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 collection information for samples collected by the patient (found in resources tab).

All outpatient samples must be accompanied by a thoroughly completed lab requisition.

Instructions for health care providers: 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 by the person who collected the sample.  improperly labelled samples will require resolution before the tests may be performed. Refer to the Sample Acceptability Criteria for more information.

Urine

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

OR samples

OR samples require special handling.  See guidelines below for:

Stool

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.

An appointment must be made with the laboratory by the ordering Physician. Physicians are to indicate if specialized tests such as Flow Cytometry or Cytogenetics are required.

 

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