August 21, 2007
Specimens Submitted for Lead and Total Hemoglobin Testing Must Be Received
at DSHS Laboratory within ten (10) days from Date of Collection
Effective October 1, 2007, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section, will be enforcing more stringent acceptance criteria for whole blood specimens submitted for lead and total hemoglobin testing. Specimens submitted for lead and total hemoglobin testing must be received at the DSHS Laboratory within ten days from the date of collection. The day the specimen is collected is counted as day one.
The change will ensure compliance with the test kit manufacturers’ specimen acceptance criteria. Any specimen that does not meet the criteria upon receipt will be considered unsatisfactory for testing and will be immediately discarded.
In order to meet this requirement, the DSHS Laboratory encourages providers to:
- Mail specimens the same day they are collected.
- “Batch” and mail only those specimens collected on the same day. Do not hold specimens collected on different days so that they may be “batched” for mailing at a later date.
Thank you for your ongoing provision of services to Texans. If you have any questions, please contact Anabel Granado, Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Manager, at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6227 or (512) 458-7318 ext. 6227 or via email.
Susan U. Neill, Ph. D., MBA
Laboratory Services Section