Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) is the reference laboratory of choice for United Clinical Laboratories (UCL). Most referral tests are sent to MML unless a physician specifically requests a test to be sent to an alternate reference laboratory.
2. Order the test(s) in MayoAccess. Refer to the “MayoAccess; Operate” procedure.
3. Label each specimen with the UCL accession label.
A. Routine (room temperature) specimens are placed in plastic Mayo bags with white labeling and held at room temperature prior to shipping.
B. Refrigerated specimens are placed in plastic Mayo bags with pink labeling and held in the refrigerator prior to shipping.
C. Frozen specimens are placed in plastic Mayo bags with yellow labeling and held in the designated freezer prior to shipping.
D. 24 hour urine specimens are measured, volume noted and aliquotted to 2 Mayo containers. One aliquot is sent to Mayo and the other is stored at the UCL site until results are returned.
E. Stools specimens (random, 24, 48, 72 hour collections) are collected, processed and shipped in the 1000 ml Nalgene containers provided by Mayo.
F. Bacterial culture slant:
Certain tests (SBT) require a pure and viable culture of the infecting organism. Call the UCL Microbiology Dept. to obtain a culture slant. Federal regulations require that etiologic agents be properly packaged before they are shipped. Detailed instructions for meeting these requirements are found on the Mayo Medical Laboratories website Test Catalog and in MayoAccess.
4. Mayo courier service picks up specimens once a day, Sunday through Friday. The courier has facilities to transport room temperature, refrigerated and frozen specimens.
5. Refer to the “MayoAccess; Operate” procedure for instructions on ordering supplies.
6. Record the test sent in the Referral Log, if applicable. Refer to “Reference Test Log, General Policy”.
7. Hold a copy of the UCL requisition, the Mayo requisition and Worklist in the Pending File until results are returned from Mayo.
8. Call Mayo Customer Service (1-800-533-1710) with any questions.
i. June 2002 L. Kelley
ii. June 2008 S. Hosch (Revised: for MayoAccess)
September 2010 R. Stoffel (Revised: II.1., 3.F., 4., 8.)
November 2011 R. Stoffel (no changes)