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Blood and Stool Specimens Identification & Labeling

Label Information

All blood and stool specimens received in the laboratory must have a permanently attached label with, as a minimum, the following information either in the form of a pre-printed label or written legibly in indelible ink:

  • patient's first name and last name
  • hospital or health care number
  • date and time of collection

Some specimens require more information. See the Directory of Tests and/or Transfusion Medicine section.

Blood Tube Label Placement

For instructions for labelling blood tubes with pre-printed labels, see Labelling Blood Tubes with Pre-Printed Labels.