Sample Collection (page last reviewed 27 Nov 2012)
"Successful laboratory diagnosis depends on the collection of specimens at the appropriate time, using the correct technique and equipment and transporting them to the designated laboratory safely without delay"
Mallet, J and Dougherty L (2000) The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 5th Edition. Blackwell Science.
Safe Sample Collection
To ensure successful laboratory diagnosis as defined above, there are several sequential processes
|Identify the need for the test|
|Identify the laboratory that offers the test|
Take sample correctly
|Pack sample safely|
Transport specimens promptly to the appropriate laboratory or store at appropriate temperature (see repertoire) until transport can be arranged. Delays in transport or storage in warm conditions may affect the results of some tests.
Further information on specimen collection is available to users as follows:
Mallet, J and Dougherty, L (2000) The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 5th Edition. Blackwell Science.
Isenberg, H (1992) Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook. Am.Soc. Micro.