Samples may be collected by Allina Health Laboratory staff, or delivered to the any one of our lab locations.
It's important to follow these instructions so your sample or specimen is collected the right way. This will help your test results be correct.
Instructions are available in these languages: English, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.
EnglishHmongRussianSomaliSpanish24-hour urine collection instructions: English
24-hour urine collection instructions: English
How to collect a pinworm sampleHow to collect a saliva sample for a cortisol test
How to collect a pinworm sample
How to collect a saliva sample for a cortisol test
Patients will often feel a quick 'pinch' when the needle is inserted, but there is no pain with the blood being drawn into the tube.
Our largest collection tube sample is only 2 tsps.
The phlebotomist will apply pressure to the puncture site once the needle is removed to help prevent any bruising, and a bandage will be applied to the puncture site.
An overnight fast is required for a number of laboratory tests. If your provider has instructed you to fast prior to the collection of your blood specimen, please follow these instructions to ensure optimal results.
Fasting for a blood test - Patient card
Fine needle aspiration questions and answers
Bone marrow biopsy with aspiration
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Cesarean Birth patient instructions
The andrology (male infertility) program of Allina Health Laboratory includes the diagnosis of male infertility, suggestions to improve fertility, research and education for patients and their health care providers.
More andrology laboratory information and forms
Follow the instructions (such as fasting) from your health care provider for test preparation or for collection at home.
Use your secure Allina Health account to view test results within hours, most are released same day.