Attention: Acute Care Hospital, Critical Access Hospital, Clinical Laboratory, Ambulatory Surgery Center

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Accreditation Coordinator
Quality Director
Medical Director – Laboratory services
Administrative Director – Laboratory
Laboratory Manager
Point of Care Coordinator

The CDC has updated Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with COVID-19

Key points:

  1. This is updated guidance from the CDC that includes additional information about point-of-care (POC) testing for SARS-CoV-2.
  2. The guidance includes information related to the following:
  • Use of instruments in a location associated with a current CLIA certificate
  • Site- and activity-specific risk assessment
  • Proper training for staff
  • Adherence to Standard Precautions when handling clinical specimens
  • Decontamination of the POC instruments

Read the entire guidance document here.

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