Specimen and Order Submission Quick Tips

  • Submit one specimen per test (excluding allergens).
    • Tip: Avoid submitting one specimen for multiple tests (especially across ordering systems (e.g., Interface/Connect/Manual Requisitions); as this can delay results and contribute to compromised specimens.
  • Submit specimens at the longest temperature stability available.
    • Tip: This helps mitigate any risks (repeat testing, shipping delays) associated with delays in the preanalytical and analytical phases of testing. 
  • Use ARUP barcoded temperature specific color coded bags.
    • Tip: This helps our clients, couriers, and internal ARUP team members avoid and easily identify the optimal temperature for maintaining patient specimens.
  • Use ARUP specimen kits (ARUP supply #47808) when submitting blocks, plastic slide mailers, and DNA scroll or bullet tubes.
    • Tip: Bigger doesn’t always equal better, but in this case, it does! The ARUP specimen kit helps protect small specimens and prevent them from being overlooked or misplaced during all aspects of pre-analytical phase (including client site preparation and courier transport).

For more details, please see our Specimen Transport Guide, Specimen Preparation and Transport Section, and the Client Training Manual found in ARUP Connect.