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Refrigerator Storage - Reagents and Specimens

Can laboratory reagents be stored in a refrigerator that also contains medications or laboratory specimens?  

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Yes. Laboratory reagents may be stored in the same refrigerator as laboratory specimens. In both cases, there should be distinctly marked and separated areas in the refrigerator to minimize any risk of contamination from spills. Laboratory reagents should be stored on upper shelves with laboratory specimens on lower shelves. Temperature monitoring and security requirements should be followed in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions for use, accepted laboratory standards of practice and any regulatory requirements.  

NOTE: Medications may NOT be stored in the same refrigerator as reagents and specimens. 
Last updated on March 16, 2021
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Waived Testing WT

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