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Specimen Collection Devices – Visual Guides

Click on the guides below to download a copy to your device. If you would like hard copies of any of the below please use the “Contact Us” link above.

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ATL Specimen Quick Guide
Cytogenetics, Flow Cytometry, Molecular Diagnostics
General Specimen
Urine, Tissue, Swab, Stool, Body Fluids
Labeling Guides
Where does the label go on the tube or cup?  Zero-Tolerance Labeling Policy
Microbiology Specimen
Order of  Blood Draw
Royal Blue Tubes 
Which Royal Blue Tube Should I Use?
Specimen Bags and Lockbox Packaging Guide

Drop off or Delivery Information


Reference Guides

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Label Special Instructions Shorthand Instructions Key
Outpatient Common Blood Test Tubes
Referral/Send Outs Guide
Urine Preservative Guide


How to Collect


Specimen Collection Type GUIDE
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Blood  Capillary Finger Collection
Capillary Heel Collection
Centrifuge and Aliquot
Lead Screen Filter Paper Instructions

Dried Blood Filter Paper Spot Check

TB Screen (Quantiferon Gold)
Cytology Pap Collection Instructions
Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA)
Microbiology Nasopharyngeal Collection
Throat Swab Collection
Urine  Urine Vacutainer
Urine Preservative
Self Collect Self-Swab for STI Testing


Additional Resources

Tutorial – How do I use the Lab Specimen Collection Catalog?

Tutorial – How to create a live feed of this blog in Internet Explorer or Outlook