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Effects of Temperature on the Capillary Blood Sample

Temperature can play a vital role in laboratory testing. While majority of tests do not have temperature restrictions and can be handled and transported at room temperature, certain tests require to be transported and kept on ice, while others have to be maintained at body temperature (37°C.)