LABORATORY SPECIMENS WITHOUT AN ORDER **

Effective Date: 
Tue, 06/05/2012
Reviewed: 
Mon, 02/03/2020
Policy: 

Occassionally, a specimen will be sent to the Laboratory without a corresponding order from a clinician.  While specimens need to be processed as soon as appropriate and possible, the laboratory staff will wait for approximately 15 minutes before instant messaging the clinician.  And, if no order comes through within an hour, the laboratory staff will call the charge nurse to elicit assistance in having the clinician submit the corresponding order. Per Lab Director request, logs of "Specimens No Orders", and "Patient Waiting No Orders" are kept for these specimens, given monthly to a designate, who shares the information with Providers.

Specimens for vaginal wet mounts will be tested as soon as possible, even without an immediate order.