RE: [Histonet] Formalin in plastic bags

From:"Bonner, Janet"

Dear All,
To transport specimens from one floor to another or from facility to =66acility, that are submitted in a plastic screw-top container, is it a requirement (CAP or otherwise), to also have it in a secondary container - like a biohazard bag?   Would it be acceptable to transport the plastic container directly in a thermoTOTE with other specimen containers from different patients, with the requisitions in an outside pocket?
Janet L. Bonner, HTL (ASCP)
Pathology Laboratory
Florida Hospital Winter Park  


From: on behalf of Patricia Karlisch
Sent: Fri 7/18/2008 1:34 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Formalin in plastic bags

   There are standards for sending specimens that are in a hazardous solution, like Formalin.  Plastic bags are secondary containers and should not be used to transport fluid. The specimens should be in a secure  plastic container that seals tightly and will not puncture causing injury to others.  
   Pat Karlisch

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