Isolation Guidelines


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  • Collecting Specimens from Isolated Patients

    The bagging of specimens is intended to prevent inadvertent exposures of laboratory or transport personnel to infective material and prevent contamination of the environment. All specimens must be placed in specimen bags with a biohazard logo for transportation to the lab regardless of whether the patient is on isolation/precautions. Specimens from a patient on isolation should be handled with extra care.

     

    Equipment

    • Specimen bag with biohazard logo
    • Labeled specimen container
    • Non-sterile gloves
    • Additional garb as indicated by isolation door sign

    Steps

    • Open a specimen bag with a biohazard logo and place on top of the isolation cart before entering the isolated patient's room.
    • Label specimen container with patient’s label. Labels should be placed on the container itself and not the lid.
    • Don gloves and other barrier equipment, as necessary.
    • Take labeled specimen container into room.
    • Collect specimens as indicated. Care should be taken during collection to avoid contamination of the outside of the container.  Ensure that lids are placed securely. The lab will not accept any specimens visibly contaminated on the outside of the container.
    • Place the container in a specimen bag with biohazard logo outside the room, being careful not to contaminate the top edge or outside of the bag or the environment.
    • Remove gloves, other isolation garb, cleanse hands and seal plastic specimen bag.
    • The specimen, with lab requisition slip in the outside pocket of plastic specimen bag, should be placed in the tube system, per protocol.  Never staple the transmittal to the bag, because this could result in leakage from the bag.
    • Send the specimen to the laboratory in the usual manner.