Specimen Preparation and Shipping
All specimens submitted for testing must be appropriately labeled and documented on a requisition. To order shipping supplies contact Laboratory Client Services at (713) 441-4411.
Each specimen must be labeled with the following information:
Patient’s unique hospital number or date of birth
Laboratory of Origin
Date of collection
Time of collection
For Microbiology and Histology/Cytology Specimens please also add source and site
Place the specimen in a sealed plastic specimen bag with absorbant material in the bag to contain the contents of the specimen in case of breakage. The plastic bag should be display a biohazard label. Place one specimen per bag with the corresponding requisition placed in the outside pocket of the bag, one sample per bag for each temperature.
Ambient temperature – no special temperature conditions.
Refrigerated specimens – ship in a Styrofoam mailing container with a coolant pack. Label the outside of the container, Refrigerated Material – Do Not Freeze.
Frozen specimens – ship in a Styrofoam mailing container with dry ice. Label the outside of the container Frozen Material – Do Not Thaw.
Houston Area Pickup
TMH Core Lab
6565 Fannin Street
Dunn Tower, 2nd Floor, D2-109
Houston, TX 77030
For questions contact Laboratory Client Services
Phone # (713) 441-4411
Fax # (713) 441-4412