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Infographic: Guidelines for COVID-19 Specimens Collection & Handling

Infographic: Safety Guidelines and Precautions for Handling COVID-19 Specimens in Clinical Diagnostic Labs A major challenge in the control of COVID-19 is its detection. Rapid testing of COVID-19 specimens is needed at a mass level for early detection, and in turn, for a check on virus spreads. The risk of transmitting coronavirus is significantly high when working with COVID-19 specimens. Whether your diagnostic facility is expanding services to test COVID-19 specimens or you are setting up a new COVID-19 diagnostic testing facility, you need to follow biosafety guidelines specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize risks. The infographic delineates some of the guidelines for safe handling of COVID-19 specimens in COVID-19 diagnostic testing laboratories. Guidelines for Recruiting & Training Staff O Hire staff experienced in handling infectious disease specimens. O Recruit individuals with an educational background in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, chemistry, or biotechnology. O Conduct training to make staff competent in handling COVID-19 specimens, operating analytical equipment, and periodically monitor staff performance. O All staff must have good verbal communication skills so that they can explain the specimen procurement protocol to patients and obtain signatures for informed consent forms (ICF) for diagnostic testing. Procuring Safety Equipment While collecting and handling COVID-19 specimens, laboratory personnel must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their safety. COVID-19 Specimen Handling O COVID-19 specimens must be processed in a certified Class II Biological Safety Cabinet equipped with HEPA filters. O Specimens should be properly labeled for seamless tracking throughout their life-cycle and to avoid misplacing specimens. O Personnel should regularly decontaminate work surfaces and equipment used for processing COVID-19 specimens using appropriate EPA-registered disinfectants. O Staff should use a designated area for donning and doffing PPE to minimize the risk of spreading infection. O Staff should maintain hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap and by using sanitizers having more than 60% alcohol. COVID-19 Specimen Storage O Specimens must be stored at 2-8°C for up to 72 hours after acquisition. O Specimens must be stored at -70°C or below if storage is required for more than 72 hours. Specimen Packaging and Shipping O The packaging must be done as per the P650 (or Packaging Instruction 650) guidelines. O The specimens must be shipped following the International Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations. O Leak-proof primary and secondary containers should be used for the shipment of COVID-19 specimens. UN3373 Waste Management The procedure for disposing of waste generated from COVID-19 specimens is the same as applicable for other biohazardous waste. Role of COVID-19 LIMS in Managing Specimens A COVID-19 LIMS is indispensable for a COVID-19 diagnostic testing lab. Here is how. O Managing COVID-19 specimens, diagnostic tests, and test results. O Integrating with analytical instruments such as RT-PCR and software to maintain data integrity. O Reporting test results as per FDA and CDC guidelines. O Anonymizing sensitive patient data and managing patient consent. O Creating a library of documents such as SOPS for specimen processing. O Managing training and competency of staff. O Tracking shipment of COVID-19 specimens. O Following international regulatory guidelines, such as CLIA, ISO 15189:2012 and HIPAA. O Managing laboratory inventory, such as kits. CloudLIMS Empowering Labs Book a Demo |+1-302-789-0447

Infographic: Guidelines for COVID-19 Specimens Collection & Handling

shared by cloudlims1 on Jul 16
A major challenge in the control of COVID-19 is its detection. Rapid testing of COVID-19 specimens is needed at a mass level for early detection, and in turn, for a check on virus spreads. The risk of...




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