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Transporting Specimens

Prior to transporting blood and other potentially infectious specimens within a healthcare facility (eg, from patient care areas to in-house laboratories), they must be placed:
  • First into a closed, leak-proof container that is appropriate for the specimen being transported (eg, urine sample shown in the upper image)
  • Then place the container into a secondary, sealable plastic bag that is red and/or contains the biohazard symbol (eg, blood collection tubes in bag shown in the image below)
  • Specimens can be placed in a facility-approved tray/container for transport within the institution