Jar, Bag, and Box!
Three steps of shipping a biopsy sample
Prepare your sample jar by labeling it with your hospital and/or client information.
Once you have placed the appropriately collected samples within the jar, close the jar tightly
and seal top with Parafilm. Shipping tape will not stop formalin from leaking. Leaking formalin
compromises your sample by leaving it to dry out, obliterates labels and exposes unprotected personnel
to formalin (a known carcinogen!)
Place the prepared sample jar into a plastic bag. Bags should be sealed. An open bag
will do nothing to prevent leaking fluid. Multiple bags (2-3) is a good practice. Placing your
submittal forms in a separate sealed bag protects important information from being
destroyed due to leaking samples.
A box gives your sample a rigid container for protection. Left in a padded or clinical pack
alone, formalin jars are thrown around and burried under heavier items during shipping
causing cracked and broken jars.
#1 - Yes - Properly packaged samples include a specimen jar, sealed plastic bag, packing material and an outer box.
#2 - No - This jar has been crushed during shipping; exposing formalin and damaging tissue samples.
#3 - No - These samples did not have proper packing material and leaked during shipping; saturating the box and exposing formalin.