A simple and inexpensive container for the transport of biological specimens in limited resource situations

Title
A simple and inexpensive container for the transport of biological specimens in limited resource situations
Authors
Blacksell, SD; Khounsy, S; Phetsouvanh, R; Newton, PN
Issue Date
2006
Publisher
T ROY SOC TROP MED H
Citation
Trans. Roy. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg.;NOV;2006;100;11
Abstract
We describe a diagnostic specimen transport container that is appropriate for limited resource or emergency settings. The transport container,is constructed from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plumbing pipe, which is readily available and inexpensive (US$1-2, depending on size) and has wide flexibility of size due to the range of PVC pipe dimensions available. The PVC transporters are durable, water-resistant and may be easily decontaminated. They have been adapted for the transport of blood culture bottles from provincial hospitals in Laos, where, during a 2-year period, 380 PVC tubes containing blood culture bottles were transported without any leakage or breakage. We have found the PVC transporter to be a useful and cost-efficient durable alternative that meets IATA Packing Instruction 650 biological transport container requirements. (C) 2006 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/11267/2336
ISSN
0035-9203
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