GENERAL LABORATORY NOTES for POINT OF CARE TESTING
Identification of the patient is crucial to insuring that the specimen is
obtained from the correct individual.
Check the addressograph label or the patient's ID card containing the patient
identification against the patient's ID wristband. The name, patient
number and medical record number must match exactly.
If performing the test at the bedside, the wristband must be checked prior to
obtaining the patient specimen, to confirm correct ID. Testing must be
completed at the bedside. The specimen must be correctly labeled if it is to
leave the point of care testing site.
Specimen collection and preservation:
See the individual point of care procedures for details regarding specimen
collection and preservation. Collect the minimum amount of sample required for
transported away from the bedside or point of care testing site for testing must
be properly labeled with the patient's identification. Addressograph
labels must contain the patient's full name, medical record number, date, time
of collection, and the initials of the person collecting the sample. This
applies to specimen containers, tubes, syringes and test cards.
Testing personnel will follow UCSDMC Universal Precautions policies when
handling and transporting specimens.