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Ask the expert: Storing specimens with medications

Q: We are aware that specimens cannot be stored with food, but is it okay to store blood, urine, and other specimens in the same refrigerator and/or freezer with medications?

A: No. “Store patient food, medications, and specimens in separate, labeled refrigerators,” according to the APIC’s Infection Control in Ambulatory Care.

“Glucose beverages may be stored in the medication or the patient food refrigerator, but never in the specimen refrigerator,” the book adds.

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