All specimens are required to be labeled with the following information:
Since the use of computerized bar code specimen labels, many phlebotomists have stopped initialing and dating their specimens saying, "It is no longer needed. It is in the computer."
However, it must be remembered that the accuracy of the computer information is only as good as the data input. Ask yourself these questions:
Since ER patients and inpatients are constantly being treated, it is important to know who actually collected the specimen and the actual collection time. Using just an estimation could have life threatening consequences.