COLA Inc. is engaged with the CDC’s Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS) in the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) to transmit their public health messages to our laboratories and affiliates. Below is a link to the most recent message with guidance for use of pneumatic tube systems for transport of respiratory specimens from suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Guidance for Use of Pneumatic Tube Systems for Transport of Respiratory Specimens from Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients
All specimens collected for laboratory testing should be regarded as potentially infectious. Healthcare personnel and laboratory personnel who transport clinical specimens within a facility should adhere to Standard Precautions and select appropriate biosafety practices based on a site-specific and activity-specific risk assessment to reduce the risk of personnel exposure.