Laboratory

Laboratory Question for the Week of January 27, 2020

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

What is the date range regarding test orders initiated for stored specimens?

Answer:

Stored specimens are surgically collected specimens with test orders initiated at least 14-30 days following the patient’s discharge date. This date range of 14-30 days means the stored specimen does not overlap the definition of an archived specimen.


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