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

Question of the Week:
What are Blank or Bar Reqs?

Question of the week

Did you know there are blank requisitions included in your laboratory manual? They are frequently called Bar Reqs and are located toward the middle to end of your laboratory manual.

 

 

 

 

As you can see in the example below, a Bar Req is missing an Accession No.inSite Blog Picture for 14OCT2016

These can be used as a reference, replacement requisition, or included when building a kit using your own supplies.  Remember to photocopy the blank requisition before using it to ensure your original stays intact.

If you have questions about the use of a blank requisition, contact Investigator Support at the number listed for your region in the Holidays and Contact section of the laboratory manual.

Accession Number Format Change

accession-changeCovance CLS recently upgraded our study set up, data warehouse, and laboratory information management system (LIMS) which resulted in updates being made to our accession and container number format.

The accession number, located near the barcode on all collection kits, specimen containers, and requisitions, changed from the current alpha-numeric format to a 10-digit numeric format for accession numbers and up to 12 digits for the container number.

The accession number links all the components of the kit to the site, sponsor and protocol. The accession number is scanned upon arrival at Covance and prepopulates the visit and protocol associated with that kit. Continue reading