Labeling of Specimens

Proper specimen collection, handling, labeling and transport are essential for accurate laboratory results. Bon Secours Hampton Roads Laboratory requires that at least two patient identifiers (neither being the patient’s location) be used to label specimen collection containers in the presence of the patient. The use of two patient identifiers on all specimens will ensure accurate linkage of the patient, the specimen, and the test results.

*The name on the tubes must EXACTLY match the name on the requisition.

Label specimens with the following information:

  • Patient’s full name
  • Patient’s last 4 digits of the their SSN, or Medical Record #
  • Patient’s date of birth
  • Date of collection
  • Time of collection
  • Phlebotomist Initials or Assigned Tech Number

The following information must be put on each tube:

  • Patient’s full name
  • Patient’s last 4 digits of the their SSN
  • Patient’s date of birth
  • Date and Time of collection
  • Phlebotomist’s initials or Assigned Tech Number


Two Identifiers:
Site and type of specimen (For tissue biopsies, excisions, and cytology)
Cytology slide specimens require 2 patient identifiers (name and date of birth) and the site and source be noted on the slide(s) in pencil.