All pathological specimens are considered as being potentially hazardous and/or infectious. Therefore, samples are to be transported in secure carriers supplied by the laboratory for this purpose.

  • If a specimen leaks into a carrier, inform the laboratory staff and ask them to deal with the spillage.
  • If breakage of a sample occurs, summon help from the laboratory while ensuring that the affected area is not touched by others.
  • A Trust incident form must be completed in order to assess whether any interventions may be required to prevent a recurrence.

The Trust's Standard Infection Control Precautions Policy can be accessed here.

High Risk Samples

There is no special procedure for handling or transporting any pathological sample that traditionally may have been considered High Risk. The only exception to this is viral haemorrhagic fever cases.

No specimens should be taken from patients suspected of being infected with Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (e.g. Lassa Fever; Marburg; Ebola; Yellow Fever), without the prior agreement of the Consultant Microbiologist: ext.2320 (01271 322320). Refer to the Trust's Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Policy.

Last updated: December 4, 2019