Specimen Transport to Laboratories
A sample which is inadequately or inappropriately packaged can present a significant hazard to all those who subsequently have to deal with it. This includes ward staff, porters, drivers and laboratory staff. The following steps will help to minimize the risk from these hazards:return to top of pageMost laboratory samples will deteriorate on storage. Transmission of samples to the laboratory should therefore be as quick as circumstances permit. If immediate mulberry purse transport is not available then the storage conditions described for each sample in the tests and samples database should apply.Blood sample storage information for tests performed by the Chemical Pathology and Haematology (including Immunology and Transfusion) departments is available below. If the test of interest is not covered by this list then please contact the laboratory.Sample Storage: Chemical Pathologyreturn to top of pageWith the exception of very large specimen containers such as the bigger Histopathology pots, 24 hour urine containers and faecal fat collection buckets, all specimens sent to the laboratory should be in a sealed bag.The standard laboratory request for mulberry purse ms for Transfusion, Chemical Pathology, Haematology and Microbiology come with the specimen bag already attached to the form. Histopathology and Non Gynae Cytology request forms do not have a bag attached.For ICE request forms and bagless laboratory request forms, minigrip bags are available from Pathology supplies. These bags have a seal able section for the specimen container and a second “pouch” for the laboratory request form. The form must not be placed in the seal able section with the specimen as any leakage will contaminate the form. Please ensure that the request form is folded and placed in the pouch so that the specimen and test request details are clearly visible through the sample bag.Please do not seal bags with sellotape or staples.Air tube systemAir tube systems are available in the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal hospitals for rapid transport of samples to the laboratories.Do not use the air tube system for Histopathology samples.Do not use the air tube system for specimens containing more than 50mL of fluid as these are at risk of leakage from the buffeting samples receive in the system. However, it is safe to send bl mulberry purse ood culture bottles through the system.When using the air tube system make sure you use the correct pod for Pathology samples.Please enter the correct location number for Pathology and check that the sample is accepted into the system. Occasionally, there is a problem with the system and a pod may not be accepted for several hours, during which time the sample may deteriorate and results may be significantly delaye mulberry purse d.Do not send obviously leaking samples through the system containers should be re sealed, cleaned up and re bagged.