Avoid Dangerous Packaging:
Don’t Send Sharps to Covance

sharps clip artYou may not be aware that needles and/or Diff-Safe® devices either used or not, should never be returned to Covance.  They pose a very real safety risk not only for Covance staff but to courier staff as well.  Please ensure that your staff is aware of this and remind them of the dangers of returning sharps to Covance.

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Covance Recognizes Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 24-30

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Covance recognizes the contributions and tireless efforts of our laboratory professionals and their work improving health, improving lives.  Their work is pivotal to all that we accomplish as an organization.

Covance celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, along with all laboratories, for the dedication shown by laboratory staff in the development of pharmaceuticals used to treat illnesses and improve the lives of patients everywhere.

Thank you for your excellence in science and the critical role that you play in the development of life-changing pharmaceuticals.

How to Update Your
Site’s Contact Information

update contact infoThank you for your participation in the recent Covance Site Survey.  Your feedback is important to us, and allows us to continually improve our services.  One topic that was raised during the survey was the time and effort required to update site contact information. Covance would like to offer the following guidance should you need to update, change or correct any site contact information. Continue reading

Thanks for Your Feedback!

thank youLast fall we sent out a brief survey to all investigator sites asking for your comments and thoughts about our Central Laboratory Services.  We had a tremendous response and want to thank everyone who participated.

Over the next several months we will communicate changes we are working on directly related to feedback we got from this survey.

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and comments.  We appreciate your responses.

A Recipe For Success: Kit Substitution

kit-best-practicesThis article originally appeared in late 2014. However, the information is still relevant and may help sites when faced with the need to substitute a kit.

Substituting kits is a lot like substituting ingredients in a recipe: you have to find the item that is closest to what you are missing. Of course, It’s best to not have to substitute one kit for another, or with our example above, one ingredient for another, but sometimes a situation develops where you have no choice and have to find the best match.

To avoid that last minute scramble, it is important to monitor all site supplies and expiration dates. This should be done routinely and well in advance of any patient visits. Kits can be ordered on our resupply website at:www.covance.com/kitordering. It’s important to be aware of the number of days required for resupply as it varies by region. This information is also available on the website. Continue reading

Avoiding Hemolysis:
A Checklist of Best Practices

hemolysis pictureLast month, we presented an article addressing hemolysis and how it can impact your samples.  This month, we present a checklist of best practices to help you avoid hemolysis.

Avoiding hemolysis in serum specimens
Conduct a ‘clean’ phlebotomy by:
– Avoiding bruised areas
– Drying the skin after cleanser use
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Happy Holidays!

wassailThis holiday season, Covance Site Communications wishes you health, happiness and peace.  The following recipe is guaranteed to warm you up with or without the alcohol!

Wassail
2 quarts sweet apple cider
2 cups orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
(2) cans pineapple juice (not the frozen kind)
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp. whole cloves (put in a small cheesecloth bag or stud an orange with them)

Put all ingredients into a large pot and stir well until blended. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove spices. Serve piping hot with or without alcohol. Makes 25 cups.

New Look for Phone Alerts

We wanted to let sites know that the Phone Alert Faxes have a new, cleaner look.  The Phone Alert Faxes are only sent to sites when Covance Site Support cannot reach you by phone.   We hope the new look is easier to read and comprehend.