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Specimen Collection

Routine Practices (formerly known as Standard Precautions)

Since a medical history and examination cannot identify all patients with blood-borne infectious agents, Routine Practices should be consistently used for all patients.  The blood and body fluids of every patient must be considered to be potentially infectious.

  1. Body fluids to which Routine Practices apply: blood, tissue, and other body fluids containing visible blood; semen and vaginal secretions; cerebrospinal fluid; synovial fluid; pleural, pericardial or peritoneal fluid and amniotic fluid.
  2. Body fluids to which Routine Practices do not apply, unless they contain visible blood: feces, nasal secretions, sputum, sweat, tears, urine, saliva, vomitus, and breast milk.

CLS Collection Services

Calgary Laboratory Services specimen collection services are available in the following locations:

Alphabetical Test Directory

For information about test specific specimen collection requirements click here.