For detailed collection and handling, see Coagulation Specimen Collection Guidelines
Due to short stability, whole blood specimen tubes must reach the testing department within 4 hours, otherwise submit frozen plasma aliquots.
NOTE: Frost-free refrigerator freezers are not acceptable for frozen sample storage. If proper storage is unavailable at the collection site, freeze/store aliquots on dry ice. Alternatively, send the patient to the nearest Legacy Hospital Outpatient Lab for sample collection/processing.
If submitting whole blood, transport at ambient temperature (15-25°C) in original unopened tube.
If submitting frozen plasma aliquots, specimens must remain frozen (-20°C) during transport.