1. The following notes are issued for general information regarding collection and dispatch of specimens to Clinical Laboratory for Chemical analysis. When in doubt, please contact the laboratory staff by telephone. (28252157 or 25222181 ext.257)
2. Each specimen should be properly collected, placed in the appropriate container, gently mixed and capped tight.
3. All specimens must be delivered to the laboratory immediately without delay.
4. For body fluids such as CSF, pleural fluid, joint fluid, peritoneal fluid, etc., use "Green form."
SUFFICIENT INFORMATION IN REQUEST FORM
SPECIMEN TYPE AND REQUEST FORM
In general, 5 to10 ml of fresh venous blood sample is appropriate for chemical analysis. Collect blood specimen and add to the correct collection tubes. Cap tight. Mix gently for 10 to 20 times by inverting/ rotating the tubes. Send to clinical laboratory immediately without delay. Always dispatch sample together with the respective request form. Specimens received without request forms will not be entertained. Keep all sample at 4 degree during transport.
BLOOD GASES and ASTRUP
For Blood gases/ Astrup analysis, please collect heparinized ARTERIAL samples and indicates on the light-blue request form the type of sample and the amount of oxygen administered.
THERAPEUTIC DRUG MONITORING
Please specific time of sampling on the request form clearly. Sometimes 2 samples are required (i.e. one for Peak level and another for Trough level)
24 HOURS URINE SPECIMEN
Please specify time of collection, body weight and body height of patient.