• Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) is a highly collegial group that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement of critical care research in Canada.
  • Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    The CCCTG has are more than 30 research programs underway and over 100 peer-reviewed publications to its credit, with direct impact on clinical practice in critical care.
  • Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) is a national organization of more than 300 individuals with research interests in the management of the critically ill patient.
  • Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
    Endorsement by the CCCTG communicates our full commitment to ensure that the work is undertaken in a rigorous and ethical manner, and communicated in a timely and effective way.

Standard Operating Procedures Clinical Protocol IV: Shipping

Labeling Specimens

•Labels are provided for you in the specimen Handling Kit (contact Handling Center). Please make sure labels are as follows: 
Patient study ID number
Patient biospecimen number
Biospecimen type
Day post entry into the study
Date and time that the specimen was drawn
•Please use blue or black ink when completing the label. 
•Make sure you use a pen that does not smudge with water or alcohol (Markette permanent marker).
•Secure and cover the entire prepared label with Scotch tape.

Shipping Specimens

•To ship the specimen on dry ice, please use a well-labeled, sealed plastic 12 x 75mm serum tube bagged and put on dry ice. Zip lock bag.
•It is fundamental that you use “a lot” of dry ice, in case for some reason the transport takes longer than expected (to prevent thawing). A rule of thumb is 10x more volume of dry ice than volume of specimens.
•Specimens should be sent via FedEx or Purolator. Your hospital’s shipping and receiving department should have the necessary packaging materials, forms and dry ice labels.
Then please courier the blood to the receiving centre.
Notify the receiving centre by telephone on day of shipping.