This policy is intended to serve as a guideline to standardize the length of storage of blood specimens among laboratory sites directed by Pathology Associates.
Note: Check the written procedure first for any special storage instructions.
1. Routinely specimens will be stored upright in test tube racks to prevent leaking and refrigerated (2 - 8°C) as soon as possible, with the exception of Coagulation tubes.
2. All tubes, with the exception of those for Blood Bank and Coagulation tubes, will be held for 3 days. Consult with a pathologist or immediate supervisor if the acceptability of the specimen is in question.
3. Coagulation (Na Citrate) tubes are stored upright in racks and kept at room temperature. They are held for 24 hours.
4. All Blood Bank specimens must be stored for 10 days to be available for work-up of possible delayed transfusion reactions. Refer to “General Processes, Blood Bank” procedure section II.4.
1. S. Raymond. Dubuque Pathology Associates. May 2001
i. March 2000; R.A. Maiers
ii. May 2001; L. McGovern (Revised: format)
April 2010 E. Bartels (no changes)
December 2011 R. Shireman (Revised: II.1-2., 3-4.added)