G_IPC_19 Management of Specimens

 Laboratory investigation of specimens is an integral part of clinical care. Whilst the processes of obtaining patient specimens and transporting these to the laboratory are considered to be routine practice they are not without risk.

 The risk of cross infection associated with handling laboratory specimens should be minimised as far as possible.

This guidance should be used in conjunction with the following: Pathlinks guidance

  • Hand Hygiene guidance Standard precautions guidance
  • Guidance on the Management of Inoculation Injuries
  • Guidance on the Management of Waste Guidance on the Management of Linen
  • Guidance on Decontamination of Medical Devices and the Environment Spillages of Blood and Bodily Fluids guidance
  • Guidance on inter-transfer of patients 

Support best practice in the management of specimens in community healthcare settings. Promptly identify and confirm infections.

Reduce the impact of healthcare associated infections in service users.

This guidance is applicable to all staff employed by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and contractors engaged by the trust.

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