Hospital/Institution Ordering

For institutions wishing to submit a sample:

1. Complete the Institutional Test Request Form

2. Email the completed TRF to our secure encrypted email address at records@coppelabs.com to give our laboratory advance notice of sample submission.

3. Submit the form along with the sample (see below for sample and shipping specifications).

4. Send the sample using an overnight delivery service. Coppe Laboratories accepts shipments MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. Holiday closures will be posted on our home page.

For private practice providers, please follow the instructions under the Private Practice tab.

Institutional Test Request Form

For laboratory reference, a sample and shipping requirement guide is shown below. For more detailed information regarding each test, select “Diagnostic Tests” from the main menu and click on individual tests for an expanded explanation.

SPECIMEN TYPE PREFERRED VOLUME MINIMUM REQUIRED STORAGE SHIPPING
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab collected in saline or Viral Transport Media (VTM) 1 – 3 mL 1 mL Viral Transport Media: Ambient up to 72 hours; >72 hours frozen.
Saline: Refrigerate up to 72 hours; >72 hours frozen.
Viral Transport Media: < 72 hours ambient; >72 hours dry ice.
Saline: < 72 hours ice packs; >72 hours dry ice.
Nasal swab collected dry (collection kits available upon request) 1 swab 1 swab Frozen Dry ice
Whole blood: collected in EDTA tubes (collection kits available upon request) 3 mL 1 mL Ambient 48 hours Ambient
Plasma: Whole blood collected in EDTA , processed to plasma and transferred to a cryotube or sterile vial 1 mL 0.5 mL Refrigerator 6 days; frozen 1 year If not previously frozen, ice packs. If frozen, dry ice.
Serum 1 mL 0.5 mL Refrigerator 6 days; frozen 1 year If not previously frozen, ice packs. If frozen, dry ice.
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) 1 mL 0.5 mL Refrigerator 6 days; frozen 1 year If not previously frozen, ice packs. If frozen, dry ice.
Bone marrow: collected in ACD or EDTA tube 1 mL 1 mL Ambient < 48 hours Ambient
Cord blood:collected in ACD or EDTA tube 1 mL 1 mL Ambient < 48 hours Ambient
Hair follicle (Preferred over nail clipping) 2-3 hairs with follicles 2-3 hairs with follicles Ambient Ambient
Nail clipping 5-10 clippings 2-3 clippings Ambient Ambient
Tissue Slides for IHC: 6 unstained slides, 4 micron thick sections 6 slides 6 slides Ambient Ambient

A pdf copy of the sample requirement is here:  Sample Collection Requirements