Refrigerated Specimens

The integrity of a specimen is affected greatly by its handling during transport.

  • Only use shipping materials supplied by Ascend Clinical.
  • Never place refrigerated specimens directly on ice packs as this can cause hemolysis.
  • Never ship room temperature specimens in the same box with refrigerated specimens.
  • Temperature requirements for refrigerated specimens are 2° – 8° C (35.6° – 46.4° F).
  • You may ship refrigerated microbiology and environmental specimens in the same box with other refrigerated specimens (such as test tubes) as long as they are bagged separately.
  • All plastic Transport Bags must include an absorbent sheet.