[Histonet] biohazard bags

Stacy McLaughlin Stacy_McLaughlin <@t> cooley-dickinson.org
Thu Jul 22 14:38:01 CDT 2010

Re-use of specimen transport bio-bags is a big NO-NO in my laboratory.  You run the risk of accidentally using one that is contaminated. (This actually happened, and it was not a pretty sight.) 
You can't guarantee that the outside of that specimen container in the bag is not contaminated, even though it looks clean.  You don't know the practices of the person that collected it.  This could be a big liability and the possible consequences just aren't worth it.  
Just my 2 cents.

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu]On Behalf Of Jeff
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2010 3:11 PM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] biohazard bags

We are looking into our current use of biohazard bags.  How many of you
are currently re-using any bags for specimen transport?  These would
only be bags were the actual specimen was inside a secondary container
and thus never directly came into contact with the bags.  Thanks!


Jeffrey C. Birkner, CT(ASCP)
Manager, Pathology Laboratory Section
Collaborative Laboratory Services, L.L.C.
1005 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 102
Ottumwa, IA  52501
ORHC Extension #3538
jbirkner <@t> colabserv.com


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