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Specimen Collection

The National Patient Safety Regulations require at least two (2) patient identifiers on specimens submitted for testing.

Before collection:
Verify patient identification by having patient, parent, or guardian state full name and date of birth. Photo identification is mandatory for a chain of custody drug screening.

The phlebotomist may collect blood samples by venipuncture or capillary draw. The doctor, a physician's office employee, the patient, or the patient’s guardian is responsible for collecting other specimen types.

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