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Specimen Collection & Handling

Valid laboratory results are dependent upon proper specimen collection and handling prior to the arrival of the sample in the laboratory. Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL) receives samples from various sources, including insurance examiners, clinics, and in-house collections. The following is a basic phlebotomy procedure, followed by procedures specific for each type of collection.

Note: There are business specific and in-house requirements for filling out requisition/consent forms and for collections. Refer to appropriate business unit Appendix and/or procedures.