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Specimen containment

It is the responsibility of the referring clinical/surgical team to ensure that all specimens are submitted to the laboratory in suitable and approved containers.

Approved specimen containers have leak-proof lids and the appropriate hazard warning sign for the fixative eg formalin.

Ensure specimen containers are closed securely and placed inside a sealed specimen bag.

Specimens received leaking or damaged are a danger to all those who come into contact with them, including theatre staff, porters and laboratory staff.

Leakage from a specimen container may seriously compromise the diagnostic process. If a specimen is deemed unsuitable for safe processing by the laboratory staff, it will be disposed of and the requesting clinician informed of the problem as soon as is practicable.


(Last updated May 10th 2016)