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How to complete the request form

Electronic requesting (ICE requests)

Laboratory Medicine on the central site requires the use of the electronic order communication systems wherever possible.  Sunquest ICE communications systems is in operation. The ICE system interfaces with, the trust patient administration system and therefore the request form and sample label will print with full demographic and request details.

Barcoded ICE labels MUST be printed at the time of sample collection using the WOW station at the patient's bedside, (see the trust standard operating procedure for ICE). This ensures that the time on the sample is the time of collection and NOT the time the request was made and importantly that it is the correct patient who has the correct sample taken preventing 'wrong blood in tube' (WBIT) incidents.

Adequate and relevant clinical information must be provided. This can be fully electronic. It is a valuable aid in ensuring patient safety as Biomedical and Clinical Scientists in the laboratory are trained to be aware of the importance of relevant clinical information when validating and authorising results, especially when cumulative records are available.An unexpected test result can highlight the need for immediate further testing, the need for a result to be communicated urgently or may indicate the possibility of an incorrectly labelled sample or request form.  The correct clinical information on the patient is also an essential aid in the identification of high risk samples which require additional biosafety measures for safe handling and processing

Please ensure that you order the correct test and select the correct specimen type as failure to do this may lead to incorrect testing. The ICE requesting system will show those tests most commonly requested for Microbiology Services, should the test you require not be visible please contact the laboratory to check that the test is available. 
This information is the same as that is required on handwritten request forms and should include clinical details and symptoms as well as information on antibiotic use, foreign travel, outbreaks, date of onset etc.

Where ICE requesting is not available, the following request forms should be used:

(Last reviewed January 10th 2018)