Misidentification or mislabelling of a patient sample poses a significant risk that compromises patient safety. At BC Biomedical, we take great care to properly identify patients and label their samples when they present to one of our Patient Service Centres (PSC). At arrival, patients will be asked to present their provincial health card (PHN) and state their name and date of birth. This information will be verified at every step of their visit with us.
The same vigilance is required for physician-collected samples. Please label samples before the patient leaves the examination or treatment room and ensure the label matches the accompanying requisition.
Minimum information required for sample labelling*:
- Patient last and first name
- PHN and/or date of birth
- Site of collection or type of specimen
Samples that are received without this information or where the information fails to match the accompanying requisition may be rejected.