Importance of Correctly Transporting Specimens

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Importance of Correctly Transporting Specimens

Be willing to ask questions when necessary to avoid making mistakes that will cause the specimen to be unacceptable for testing. Always understand that recollecting every type of specimen is not always possible. If a specimen is lost or rendered unusable for testing by poor handling by a courier, your organization may be legally liable for damages, and lawsuits may be brought by both the testing laboratory and/or the patient.
Follow the requirements during the handling and transportation of specimens. The quality of these specimens may be compromised, and the testing results will be incorrect. This may result in a delay in turnaround time and a very unhappy client when the specimen may be rejected as unsatisfactory. A worst-case scenario would result in the physician acting on these incorrect test results and treating or performing unnecessary surgery on the patient.