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Phlebotomy Service



Outpatient Laboratory Hours:

Clinic Lobby Rm 1C33 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon – Fri

For further information or questions concerning the Phlebotomy Service, please call Specimen Collection and Management supervisor at 206-8590.

  1. PATIENT IDENTIFICATION

Outpatients are asked their name and date of birth. All samples will be labeled in the presence of the patient.


  1. VENOUS DRAWS ONLY

  1. The Phlebotomy Service will obtain only venous samples from the arm or hand.

  2. Blood cannot be drawn from I.V.’s, or from leg, foot, femoral veins, or neck.

  3. Blood must not be drawn “upstream” of an I.V. site if fluids/solutions are being administered.

  4. Samples will not be drawn from patients’ arms where shunts of any kind are located.

Containers used for blood and other specimens will be labeled in the presence of the patient.

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