The aim of this Policy is to provide a standardised approach of handling and transporting specimens and their potential infection risk; therefore, all specimens must be collected using Standard Precautions.
The Policy aims to provide all Trust staff with clear infection prevention and control guidance required for the safe collection, handling and transporting of laboratory specimens to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection.
It is recognised that in the community, specimens are collected in a wide variety of settings including independent contractor premises, and the patient’s home.
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