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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
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.
ISSN: 0035-9203

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