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