Label with the patient name plus a second identifier such as date of birth, specimen ID or medical record number. If the tissue source is Products of Conception (POC) state this clearly and state whether the tissue was fetal or placental in origin.
Cultures must be topped off with sterile medium immediately before shipping. All specimens, including Placental POCs will be tested for maternal cell contamination (MCC). Send a maternal blood or buccal specimen for comparison. Other relatives’ specimens may be required. If the tissue source is products of conception (POC) state this clearly and state whether the tissue was fetal or placental in origin. Placental POC cultures require maternal cell contamination testing and a maternal blood or buccal specimen is required for comparison.
Ideal handling is to ship immediately at ambient temperature for overnight delivery with arrival Monday-Saturday. In hot weather a cool pack can be enclosed.
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