Sending Cases


For Tissue Cases:

1. Fill out a UCSF Requisition Form and include a copy of the patient's insurance card. (Optional: remove yellow copy and keep for your record.)

2. Fill out the labels included on the requisition form and attach them to each specimen bottle.

3. Place tissues in formalin bottles and place them in a biohazard bag. Fold the requisition form and insert it into the pocket of the bag, then insert the bag in a shipping box or tube container. (Note: if using a tube container, wrap the requisition form around the tube container.)

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4. Place either the box or tube container into a FedEx Clinical Pak, seal, and attach a completed pre-printed FedEx Priority Overnight Airbill.

Call FedEx for pick up or drop off at a FedEx location.


Notes For Immunofluorescence:

For direct immunofluorescence, place tissue specimen into the green direct immunofluorescence vial that we provide. Store at room temperature.

For indirect immunofluorescence, draw blood into a serumseparator tube and store at room temperature. Ideally, draw about 5cc's. If a tech can spin and separate off the serum (1 to 2cc's), that is ideal. If not, we will spin it here.

For further instructions, please see our DIF Biopsy Guidelines.

If H&E is also requested for histology correlation, include tissue placed in a formalin bottle.

**DIF bottles are filled with Michel's solution, different from the formalin bottles, and expire as indicated by the date on each bottle.

 
 

For Slide Consults:

1. Fill out a UCSF Requisition Form or draft a Cover Letter to our providers. Please include a copy of the patient's insurance card as well as the prior pathology report. Patient history and any available pictures are appreciated. Pictures may be included in the package or emailed to dpslides@ucsf.edu.

*Order FedEx shipping supplies and carbon copy UCSF Requisition Forms here.

2. Place slides in a slide container wrapped in bubble wrap, if possible, or use a bubble wrap lined manila envelope.

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3. Place the specimens as well as all documents into a FedEx Clinical Pak, seal, and attach a completed pre-printed FedEx Priority Overnight Airbill.

Call FedEx for pick up or drop off at a FedEx location.

 

Need Shipping Supplies?

We provide complimentary packing and shipping materials. To place an order, go to our Ordering Supplies online form

Courier Pickup

This service is available in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. To schedule a courier pickup, call (415) 885-7824.

Have an Urgent Case?

If you cannot wait for supplies or need to ship a case urgently, print and fill out this temporary requisition form and call (800) 497-0244 for our FedEx Standard Overnight account number.