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Blood Specimen Preparation Instructions


The following procedure should be preformed by a trained professional.

  • REQUIRED SPECIMEN: approximately 3 ml separated serum, random draw (No fasting nor dietary restrictions prior to draw required)

  • PLEASE DO NOT SHIP WHOLE BLOOD, SERUM STILL ON THE CLOT OR SST TUBES. Hemolysis will ruin the specimen for testing purposes, and specimens shipped to the lab are often subjected to substantial shaking, vibration and handling.

  • If serum is to be held more than 1 hour prior to shipping, please refrigerate at 2-6 degrees Celsius. It may alternatively be frozen for storage.

Specimen Drawing and preparation procedure

Specimen is drawn via venipuncture using a clot tube such as might be used when drawing a specimen for serum chemistries. In addition to a normal clot tube (red top), a serum separation tube such as the SST (tiger top) or AUTOSEP or their equivalents may also be used.
Blood should be allowed to clot for appoximately 15 minutes, and then centrifuged long enough to separate the serum from the clotted elements of the blood
After centrifuging, the serum should be removed from the drawing tube and placed in the transport tube supplied in the kit from Clifford Consulting & Research.
Carefully TIGHTEN the cap on the serum
transport tube and place it into provided biohazard safety ziplock bag. Do not place paperwork into the same ziplock bag as the specimen.

REMEMBER, PLEASE DO NOT SHIP WHOLE BLOOD, SERUM STILL ON THE CLOT OR SST TUBES and If serum is to be held more than 1 hour prior to shipping, please refrigerate at 2-6 degrees Celsius. It may alternately be frozen for storage.

Please see shipping instructions for submission procedures of samples to CCR.

 


 
 


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