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:
Schedule of Visits

Question of the week

Did you know that your lab manual includes a protocol specific Visit Schedule?

              Visit Test Schedule
The schedule of visits will show you the sequence of visits, when the visit should occur, and what testing is performed at each visit. The schedule will also show you what testing is required (X) and what testing is optional (O).  Please refer to the Visit Schedule if you are ever unsure of what visit you need to complete next.

Do you use your lab manual?

generic lab manualIf you don’t, you should definitely take a look, because you’re missing out on an abundance of information!

Here are a few examples of what you can find inside:  Covance contact numbers, protocol and project number, holiday schedules, specimen collection instructions, blank requisitions, result reference ranges and much more!