Packaging Testing: What You Need to Know

Patients depend on their physician and clinic staff to perform medical testing to determine specific illnesses. This testing can involve many different techniques in addition to the general examination. Different methods require drawing blood, taking urine specimens, and the occasional biopsy punch of soft tissue. The gathering and labeling of these specimens are not the final steps in producing these samples for the testing lab. The staff must package these safely and in a highly secure manner so they reach the lab in the same condition they left the clinic.

To make sure that all packages meet or exceed expected industry standards, your physician’s office or clinic most likely sends sample packages to a packaging testing facility. There, these samples undergo rigorous testing to show whether or not your medical practitioner’s office’s methods meet the stringent expectations determined by medical boards and other regulatory agencies and organizations.

The reason it is so important to meet these standards is to protect the integrity of samples. Without this protection, lab results might show incorrect data. Cancer, infectious diseases, and other illnesses might avoid early detection. The lack of treatment in the early stages of many diseases and other medical problems can seriously impact the outcome for the patient. Not only are some medical procedures and treatments only given during the earliest stages of a disease, but others require these preliminary treatments before other treatment options are made. Without the primary ones, the later ones are no longer possible.

Another consideration is that sometimes, the search for suitable donors takes time. Unless the need becomes known to the physician and the patient they feel no need to begin the search. Once symptoms continue and further testing finally does reveal the true cause of the patient’s troubles, the only window of opportunity might have likely passed, which leaves the patient with few or no alternatives for successful treatment. At best, inconclusive results mean a patient undergoes testing again to determine a more definite result.

Testing to see how well packages from your health care provider’s office handle different aspects commonly experienced during transit to the clinic can help improve the packaging habits and products used by staff. Overall, this can improve the number of accurate results, as well as greatly reduce the number of times patients must produce those samples again because of inconclusive results.

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