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, especially given the recent K2 EDTA tube recall.  Please see this notice which was shared with impacted sites.

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

Hurricane Irma Preparations

Covance Central Laboratory Services Logistics would like to provide the following information regarding potential courier service delays due to Hurricane Irma.

Investigator Sites in Florida can expect to experience unavoidable service delays by your courier, based on the current or anticipated severe weather in your area. Although contingency plans are in place, some disruption in pickup or delivery service is anticipated by all couriers in Florida.

If your site is located in the impacted area, sample collections should be avoided if at all possible. Contact your normal courier prior to sample collection to confirm if pickup is available in your area.

If you have already drawn samples and your courier is unable to provide sample pickup, please maintain your specimens at the designated transport temperature until the next available pickup. Maintain ambient samples at ambient temperature, frozen samples in a frozen state in a freezer or on dry ice, refrigerated samples should be kept refrigerated.

Couriers will resume normal service schedules as soon as the situation allows. You can obtain further courier service weather updates by visiting your courier’s websites (ups.com or fedex.com).

If you have any questions regarding this information please contact Covance Investigator Support at 866-762-6209.