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FAQ - For Lab Professionals

The quality of test results depend greatly on pre-analytical variables, namely correct patient preparation, specimen collection, packaging and transportation.

What tests are available at the NKTI Laboratory?

  • Refer to our test menu for a listing of the available tests and specific handling guidelines and requirements.

What information do I need to provide?

  • * Full Name of patient
  • * Age and Sex of patient
  • * Date of Birth
  • * Name and clinic/hospital of requesting physician
  • * Brief medical history of patient/ clinical Diagnosis

What are the health and safety precautions I need to observe?

  • The universal precautions on handling blood and body fluids should be observed at all times.

How is blood collected properly?

  • The use of plastic serum separator collection tubes are recommended, except for HgbA1C and for therapeutic drug monitoring. When using serum separator collection tubes, follow these instructions:
    • a) Perform venipuncture as with any other blood collection vehicle.
    • b) Invert tube gently (5 times for SST with gel separator and 8-12 times for EDTA tube)
    • c) Label tube with the patient's complete name, date and time of specimen collection, always in the presence of the patient after any blood goes into the tube
  • When using tubes with no additives (Red Top), follow these instructions:
    • a) For plastic tubes, invert 5 times. For glass tubes, do not invert. Do not remove the stopper at any time. Allow the blood to clot at least 30 minutes but not longer than 1 hour. Do not centrifuge immediately after drawing blood.
    • b) Centrifuge at 2200-2500 RPM for at least 15 minutes.
    • c) Pipette the clear serum to a plastic (ideally) vial/tube for transport to the laboratory. Do not transfer red cells to the vial.

      As a rule of thumb, the volume drawn should be equal to 2-2 ½ times the amount of serum or plasma required for the test. For example, to obtain 4 ml serum, draw at least 10 ml blood.

What will happen when my specimen is rejected?

  • When inappropriate specimens are submitted, they will be stored at the laboratory. The referring client shall be notified as soon as possible and will be requested to recollect the specimen.

What is the proper storage and transportation of specimens?

  • Store specimens upright in a refrigerator, unless otherwise specified in the specific requirements insert.

    All specimens should be properly sealed prior to being transported. Leaking containers are health hazards.

    Safety regulations specify that only specimens in proper containers will be permitted to be transported to the testing laboratory. Specimens in syringes, with or without needles are not acceptable at The NKTI Medical Laboratory.

    Specimens should be transported at 2-8ºC.

What are the receiving times for routine requests?

  • Our laboratory hours are from 6:00 AM 7:00 PM Mondays thru Saturdays. Routine requests will be accepted from 10:00 am 4:00 PM Mondays thru Saturdays.

How are results released?

  • Results will be released 7:00 PM onwards electronically. Hard copy of results will be released the following day.

    Laboratory reports are released ONLY to the referring client. All patient-related information will remain confidential. It is the responsibility of the referring client to release the information to their patients.

    Laboratory reports are released ONLY to the referring client. All patient-related information will remain confidential. It is the responsibility of the referring client to release the information to their patients.

    Note: Should the automated analyzer be out-of-order, clients will be properly informed of the delay.

How will I be billed?

  • The referring client will be billed according to the stipulations in the memorandum of agreement.

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