3.1.2-1 Activity introduction

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Referral testing requires proper packaging and shipping of patient specimens to preserve their integrity and suitability and to protect all persons involved in their transportation.  In this activity, participants learn the importance of safe and effective specimen packing and practice appropriately packing samples with available materials of varying levels of sophistication. 


  • Proper specimen packaging and shipping is important to ensure quality results and the safety of laboratory and courier personnel.
  • The three factors necessary for specimen packaging and shipping are:
  1. The right packaging
  2. The right temperature
  3. The right timeframe
  • Regardless of the sophistication of the packaging materials, it is possible to properly package and ship specimens for referral testing.


Can you:

  • Identify the components of the triple packaging system and their purpose? 
  • Package specimens appropriately with the provided packaging materials?


Beatrice van der Puije

Ms. van der Puije helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Ghana, Ms. van der Puije is a Public Health Program Manager at African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a pan-African organisation strengthening medical laboratory networks and systems in Africa. Ms. van der Puije is a certified QMS Trainer, with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Immunology and Microbiology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.

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