Storing Clinical Samples
Storing Clinical Samples
For companies in chemical and biological research, clinical samples are highly necessary for a range of purposes such as testing and analysis. For this reason many such organisations will use external clinical sample collection services to help them obtain the samples they need for their specific research. This can save them time and will enable them to use precisely the samples they need. In other cases they will handle clinical sample collection themselves using a range of clinical tools, and the nature of this of course will depend on the nature of the company of the particular study.
This clinical sample collection will concern biological and chemical samples and these will of course be somewhat volatile in some cases and storing them can be difficult. However storing them can be necessary depending on the nature of the study and sometimes this will be necessary in large quantities. At the same time sometimes a company will need to use clinical sample collection in order to obtain multiple different samples. There can be a time difference involved in collecting these samples meaning that if you store them right after gathering different ones will have been stored for longer than others. At the same time the length of time that these samples can be stored might vary from case to case and that can mean that you have to keep track of the dates for lots of different substances which can be somewhat difficult at the best of times, while simultaneously storing them in such a way as to maximise their lifespan and so as not to create a health and safety hazard.
In most cases clinical samples will be stored in cool places in order to keep them fresh and to prevent chemical reactions. This is true of universities, colleges, hospitals, research facilities and much more. Sometimes coolant products can help to extend the life of samples and can be added to help extend their lifespan, while other new technologies can make it possible to store the substances at closer to room temperature. Other substances also need other specific requirements for instance some will not be able to come into contact with oxygen, while others may even need to be kept in darkness.
Often a research facility will have large storage areas or freezers that they use to keep their samples after clinical sample collection. Other clinical equipment rental might be necessary for specific samples. It is important when using these to make sure that the samples are stored in a logical manner and that there is some kind of index that can allow them to be easily filed and retrieved and this should also contain additional data for instance the lifespan of the sample and precisely what it is. Often the samples will be kept in such areas in test tubes.
In some cases if clinical samples are required in very large quantities then a company will outsource its storage and will keep their samples in other facilities. This is sometimes referred to as ‘biobanking’.
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