Title: Transportation of Pathology Specimens and Medications
Category: Support Services
Implement Date: 15 August 2008
Application: Custodial Operations
|2.||Transporting Pathology Specimens|
|2.1||Packaging of Pathology Specimens|
|3.||Labelling and marking|
To ensure pathology specimens and medications being transported by Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) staff are packaged and handled in a suitable manner. This is to ensure-
To the extent necessary to transport and deliver a controlled drug, the following persons are authorised to possess a controlled drug under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996-
Medications will generally need to be transported in a temperature-controlled (air-conditioned) environment if the medications are likely to be in a vehicle for periods in excess of 1-2 hours. Medication and materials requiring refrigeration should be transported in a suitable container to provide for the type of refrigerant used (eg esky for wet ice).
Brisbane-based health centres are provided with a QCS courier with set times for pick up of pathology specimens. If centres do not have their specimens at the front gate when the courier arrives, they need to make alternative arrangements.
Other centres need to make their own localised arrangements regarding appropriate times for couriers to collect pathology specimens.
All packages containing pathology specimens for transportation should be securely placed and restrained within the relevant transportation. For example, in a motor vehicle this should be in a separate luggage compartment or boot.
The packaging of all pathology specimens must be carried out by a registered nurse. To guarantee the safe transport of pathology specimens by air or surface methods the guiding principles are the same. Packaged material should not have any possibility of escaping from the package under normal conditions of transport.
All pathology specimens and/or associated materials packaged for transport MUST be triple packed.
The outer packaging for transport must be marked with-
Transport documentation MUST be contained separately and should be accessible without opening the package.