A specimen collection bag is a container used for collecting samples. It is shaped like a mouth and has an open bottom end. There is a sleeve, or "tunnel," extending partway around the mouth end of the bag. It includes loops that are designed to accommodate a grasping tool. The bag may have a drawstring, too. Generally, it is designed to contain a minimum of 20 g of specimens.
Another important feature of a specimen collection bag is the ease of opening and closing. A conventional specimen collection bag can lose pneumatic pressure during surgery. The surgeon then has to re-inflate the operating space. A specimen collection bag made according to the disclosed technology eliminates the need for re-inflating the operating room. Once the specimen collection bag has been opened, a drawstring may be inserted through a trocar cannula. The drawstring ends can then be passed into a sterile field outside of the patient.
Before removing the collection bag, the patient should void into a clean, dry container or bedpan. To remove any mucus or skin folds, press the adhesive firmly against the skin surrounding the vagina. It is also important to remove the protective paper, and make sure the perineal area is dry. Once the bag is in place, the specimen should be transferred into the appropriate container. A specimen collection bag should be labelled with the patient's name, MR#, and date of birth.
It is best to collect the specimen in the morning. This is because the samples are more concentrated than at night. For pregnancy testing, first morning specimens should be used. For urine concentration and osmolality tests, a first morning sample is recommended. For these tests, preservatives cannot be used. The specimen collection bag must not leak, but if it does, it must be discarded. The specimen must also be labeled appropriately, because unlabeled samples should be discarded.
Specimen collection bags should be biohazard-resistant and contain a tamper-evident adhesive tape. They protect healthcare workers from bacterial contamination and specimen leaks. They are a suitable accessory for urine drug test cups and meet the OSHA standard for biohazardous materials. All LPS Industries specimen bags meet the requirements of OSHA and the FDA. The specimen collection bag should have an additional compartment for paperwork.
Proper specimen identification is essential for the quality of the collected samples. Primary specimen containers must bear a two or three-character identifiers, while submitted slides should have two. Acceptable identifiers include the patient's name, date of birth, hospital number, or accession number. It is also important to follow the appropriate chain of custody protocol for specimens. This ensures the safety and quality of samples. All specimens should be properly labeled to avoid the chance of contamination or leakage.
An EndoCatch single-use specimen pouch consists of a long, cylinder-shaped polyurethane pouch that is designed to minimize intraoperative contamination and spillage. These bags are designed for laparoscopic procedures. The Gold and II models have mouth diameters of 6.35 and 12.7 cm, respectively. The Endocatch bags are also available in a smaller, single-use version. In addition to being single-use, these bags are also easily disposable.
The premium 5 MM tissue bag is detachable, allowing the surgeon to place it in the abdominal cavity and remove it later. The bag is closed with a pursestring suture. It expands lengthwise and is convenient for feeding specimens into and retrieving specimens from the abdominal cavity. The removability of the tissue bag makes it easy for the surgeon to remove the specimen, minimizing the need to make additional incisions.
There are two basic EndoCatch bag sizes. The 10-mm and 15-mm ones are used for spleens, while the latter is used for other sized organs. These two endoscopes are similar in size, but the 10-mm one cannot hold a 10-cm mass. A 10 mm endoscope requires a trocar size of 10 mm. Moreover, the mouth diameter of the EndoCatch bag is 6 cm x 7 cm, allowing for delivery of a six-cm mass.
Moreover, there are two EndoCatch(tm) specimen pouch sizes: the Gold and the II. The gold size is 6.35 cm in diameter, while the II one is 12.7 cm in diameter. Both are designed to protect specimens and minimize contamination during laparoscopic procedures. It is recommended to use the appropriate size of the specimen pouch for the size of the opening. The two-bx pouches are designed to be used in combination, and the gold and silver sizes are compatible with each other.
Medtronic has launched the ReliaCatch specimen retrieval bag to make life in the operating room easier for physicians and patients. This device combines strength, simplicity, and reliability to the sample retrieval process. It is the only bag designed to remove blood from human body tissue. In the United States, it is currently the most widely used blood collection device, and it has been in use since 2008.
UKIPO has assigned the RELIACATCH trademark Application Number #UK00915396914. This number is the Unique ID of the trademark application. The RELIACATCH trademark was filed in Class 010 Surgical apparatus, medical apparatus, orthopaedic articles, therapeutic assistive devices, suture materials, and massage apparatus. In the US, the RELIACATCH Specimen Retrieval Bag is used in the diagnosis of many different diseases and conditions.