Specimens must be transported in a secondary container and this should NOT be a paper bag. This can be a Thermo tote or a styrofoam box that can be secured tightly if there is a spill. Market lab makes numerous secondary containers. The secondary container must be clearly marked Biohazardous material if it is carrying such items.
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>>> "Bonner, Janet" 7/18/2008 1:58 PM >>>
To transport specimens from one floor to another or from facility to facility, 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)
Florida Hospital Winter Park
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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.
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