The Clinical Laboratory of University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and all relevant state and federal agencies.

Laboratory specialty activities are directed by experts in their area of clinical specialization who are available for consultation. Medical Directors of any specialty may be called directly (see “Staff Contacts”) or contacted through the Clinical Laboratory at 720-848-4401.

The Clinical Laboratory does not handle nor transport anatomical specimens. All cytology, surgical, and other anatomical specimens, and inquiry regarding these are the responsibility of the University of Colorado Denver Department of Pathology. Please go to UCD Department of Pathology and click “Our Services” for specimen submission guidelines.

Reporting concerns about laboratory operations

Contact Clinical Laboratory Management (see “Staff contacts” page). If you prefer, or if the laboratory has not addressed your concerns, contact:
College of American Pathologists (CAP)



Accreditation and certification

Referral-Send Out Testing

Referral-Send out Testing


Every laboratory test must be ordered under the license of a physician or other authorized provider and must be requested using the appropriate electronic ordering system (e.g. Epic), or if an ordering system is unavailable, on the appropriate requisition form.

Note: Medicare generally does not cover routine screening tests or services when a “rule-out” diagnosis is provided. Code the condition(s) to the highest degree of certainty for that encounter/visit, such as signs, symptoms, abnormal test results, exposure to communicable disease or other reasons for the visit.

Annual Laboratory Compliance Notice to Providers

CPT Code Changes for 2018

UCH Clinical Laboratory Reflex Test Protocols

Custom Profiles at UCH Clinical Laboratory


Compliance Statement, Laboratory-developed Tests (LDTs):

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by University of Colorado Hospital Authority. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The laboratory is regulated under CLIA as qualified to perform high-complexity testing. This test is used for clinical purposes. It should not be regarded as investigational or for research.

Critical values

Critical values

Illustrated collection guides

Blood Culture Collection Guide

Neonatal Blood Collection Guide

Right Swab for the Job

Specimen Collection Tube Guide

Stool Collection Guide

Tips for Improving Heelstick Collection Technique

Urine Specimen Collection System Guide

Location information and hours

Location information and hours

News and updates

News and updates

Archive news and updates

Point of care testing forms

Point of Care Testing Forms have been moved to the “Forms and Documents” page of the UCH Intranet (the Source). Click here to go to Point of Care Testing forms.

Specimen collecting and handling guide

Click here to view the specimen collection and handling guide

Staff contacts

Staff contacts

Transfusion services

Refer to the policy/procedure “Administration of Blood Components” for patient identification, specimen collection and labeling, and blood administration instructions.

Blood Bank Test Information and Special Instructions

Circular of Information for the Use of Human Blood and Blood Components

Guidelines for Blood Transfusion

Massive Transfusion Protocol

Risks of Blood Transfusion

Form: Physician Order of Autologous and Directed Donation


Virus epidemiology

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