What Does a Medical Courier Do?

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What Does a Medical Courier Do?

A medical courier may work for a courier company or directly with a medical facility to provide delivery services, often driving a medical delivery truck with cooling and refrigerating capabilities. These vehicles help protect specimens and other fragile items and minimize damage or decay.
Some items an employer may require for delivery are:
  • Lab specimens such as blood tests, body fluids, and pathology samples which may require refrigeration or freezing to maintain specimen quality
  • Medical supplies such as sensitive equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, reagents, files
  • Organs for transplant or blood products for transfusions that require urgent delivery needs
  • Patient reports, billing information, radiology x-rays, or other confidential information