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Paracentisis/Thoracentisis

Performing Laboratory

Hallmark Health

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

Submit fresh fluid obtained from pleural or abdominal cavity. Specimen ≥100 mL should be submitted in a heparinized collection bottle. Specimen <100 mL should be submitted in a screw-capped, sterile container. If there is a delay in transport, store specimen refrigerated. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only.

Note:  1. Label container with patient’s name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, type of specimen, and physician name.

2. Specimen source is required on request form for processing.