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Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial
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GABRIEL JR., Alexandre et al. Transport system validation and analysis of biological samples sent to a central laboratory. J. Bras. Patol. Med. Lab. [online]. 2007, vol.43, n.4, pp. 235-240. ISSN 1676-2444. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-24442007000400003.
The results obtained from biological sample analysis may be affected by several factors, among them, the conditions of samples transportation from the site of collection to the central laboratory.The aim of this paper was to verify the stability of the samples submitted to the transportation process (from Jundiaí to São Paulo) by comparing the results of 29 clinical laboratory parameters (including microbiology tests) on the same samples submitted or not to transportation. First, we verified the temperature inside a transportation box, during the routine the from Jundiaí to São Paulo, by introducing a special chip able to register it continuously. We observed that the temperature inside the box was kept between 13ºC and 23ºC (similar to room temperature). After that, samples were collected in Jundiaí and divided in two aliquots; one to be analysed at the laboratory in São Paulo. The methodology, apparatus and reagents used on the samples analysis were the same at both laboratories. The statistical analysis showed concordance between both averages trough correlation coefficient "intra-class" and by the "Blan-Altman methods". It was observed that among the 29 parameters: 23 (79,3%) showed good to excellent. On the data from urinalysis we observed a good to excellent concordance in the urocult (88.0%), and as well in the urine I analysis. The data obtained by the correlation between the laboratory results and the graphics of temperature registered by chip are strong indicative of validation of our laboratorial analysis and transportation system, up to 16 hours sample collection.
Keywords : Transportation; Biological samples; Temperature; Laboratorial analysis.