5 Deadly Sins of Specimen Collection and Transport

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Nov 09, 2020 · By Lenny
One in five patients receive inaccurate treatment due to a healthcare misdiagnosis that can originate from the process of collecting to transporting specimen samples. Many samples require specific environmentally controlled handling care for the sample to survive the time it leaves the body to the time the diagnosis is discovered. In the US, there is a complex specimen collection and transport storm brewing because of an antiquated, and many times unmonitored transport process. It’s hurting patients while costing healthcare systems millions.

The top 5 offenders in sample collection and transportation today are listed below.   How is your lab addressing these issues?

Varied Swabs – Some swabs absorb less organisms and many will not survive transport

Unprotected Bins – While awaiting pickup, samples are subjected to a range of varied ambient  temperatures

Hot Cargo – The sample may degrade further while lab couriers make their rounds

Pressure Exposure
– Air transported samples are subjected to high pressures

Dead Samples – Many samples arrive without live organisms

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