Specimen Collection

Laboratory Specimen Guide

Vacutainer® Tube Common Tests Ordered Special Requirements
 vacutainer-purple Lavender (whole blood, plasma) CBC, Differential, Ammonia Ammonia should be sent on wet ice. Always call for a STAT courier (585-MOVE)
CBC: no special requirements. Stat courier not required
 vacutainer-blue Lt Blue (whole blood, plasma) PT, PTT, DDimer PTT should be received at the lab within 4hrs of collection. Always call for a STAT courier (585-MOVE)
 vacutainer-green Lt Green PST (Plasma tube with gel) Cardiac Markers, Kidney and Liver Function Tests (Inpatient only)
 vacutainer-gold Large SST (Serum tube with gel)
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Gold Top (Serum tube with gel)
Kidney and Liver Function Tests (Outpatient only), B12, Folate, TSH
 vacutainer-orange Plain Red (Serum, no gel) VPA, Tegretol (carbamazepine)
 vacutainer-gray Gray (whole blood, plasma) Lactic Acid Lactic Acid should be sent on wet ice. Always call for a STAT courier (585-MOVE).

 

Microbiology Specimen Collection

Container Tests Epic Code Horizon Code

BD AFFIRM TUBE
Trichomonas,
Candida Albicans,
Gardnerella Vaginalis
LAB3314 BVDNA

ESWAB
Culture Wound
Anaerobe
Staph Screen (nasal only)
VRE Screen (rectal only)
LAB3526
LAB231
LAB3534
LAB238
RC
ANAC
SAS
VRE

M4RT
Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Swab for both Male and Female(send small wire swab only;large swab is for cleaning only and will be rejected) LAB3355 CTNGSW

YELLOW TOP URINE TUBE
Females – Urine (Chlamydia only)
Males – Urine (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea)
LAB3362
LAB3356
DNACH
CTNGUR

RED TOP SWAB
Throat Cultures
Strep DNA Probe
LAB3533 SADP

RED TOP SWAB
OR

BLUE GEL SWAB
Streptococcus
Group B Screen
LAB3536 SBDP

ORANGE PARA PAK
Stool Culture LAB223 STC

WHITE PARA PAK
C Difficile toxin DNA LAB4004 CDDNA

10% FORMALIN AND PVA
OVA and Parasites
Giardia/Crypto Antigen
LAB955
LAB3393
OP
GIACRYAG

VIRAL TRANSPORT
Respiratory Viral Culture
FLU PCR
LAB3531
LAB3388
RTVC
FLUPCR
CultureSwab Plus (with Charcoal) Bordetella PCR LAB4028 BORDPCR

BLUE GEL SWAB ONLY
Fungal LAB240 FC