“Oh poo!” Yes, this is what we cry when we open up specimen bags and the sample containers/ blood tubes (and sometimes the submission form) are coated in the stuff.
In the interests of health and safety, please ensure you wipe down the outside of any grossly contaminated sample containers/ tubes before labelling them and sending them to the laboratory.
Samples are handled by a lot of different people and this contamination poses a risk to everyone coming into contact with them. Plus, the “cling-on’s” often make it difficult for us to read the animal IDs on the containers.
So help us help you, and schmear less of the poo! Or, be a big hit and wipe off the . . .