Labeling & Requisitions Mislabeled Specimen Policy
Policy for mislabeled, or unlabeled, or questionable specimens
For a mislabeled, unlabeled or questionable specimen, the laboratory will contact
the unit from which the specimen came and notify the unit secretary or patient's
nurse. It is the provider's responsibility to provide a new specimen.
- In the event that the provider feels (health care professional ultimately
responsible for the patient's care at that time) that the testing of the
specimen is emergent, or
that the specimen is not replaceable, the request may need to be cleared
with a Pathology Resident or Pathologist, and a waiver of liability may need
to be signed by
the provider. See Protocol Flow Sheet on the next page. American Association
of Blood Bank rules apply for Blood Bank specimens.
- No specimen will be discarded or its analysis inappropriately delayed while
awaiting authorization by the Pathology Resident or Pathologist. However, no
will be reported out until the waiver of liability (if needed) is signed, except
in a code or extremely urgent or emergent situation. Occasionally, specimen processing
may be delayed pending receipt of complete and accurate patient information.