Pre Testing Requirements
Neurotransmitters are very unstable and need specialised handling. Contact the Biochemistry laboratory two working days prior to the collection to ensure specialised laboratory staff as well as dry ice availability. Three staff members are trained for neurotransmitter collection.
Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols
Phone the previously arranged contact person 5 minutes before the CSF is to be collected. Laboratory staff will deliver the tubes and dry ice.
Sample Delivery to Lab
Laboratory staff will pre-register the samples and will wait while samples are being collected so samples can be frozen within 5 minutes of collection.