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What happens when insufficient specimen identification is submitted?

Specimens must have two person-specific identifiers on the patient label. Person-specific identifiers may include:

  • Accession number
  • Patient’s first and last name
  • Unique identifying number (e.g., medical record number)
  • Date of birth

When insufficient or inconsistent identification is submitted, Mayo Clinic Laboratories will recommend that a new specimen be obtained, if feasible.

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