Proper sample storage and prevention of cross contamination are the main considerations after receipt of samples in the laboratory.
Some suggested guidelines are provided here.
- Samples are housed in specific storage locations, this allows cataloging of all specific sample details tied to a specific location to facilitate easy sample tracking, identification and subsequent retrieval.
- Sample labels should be legible and include sample details. Such details should include sample name, batch number (if applicable), date of preparation or collection and recommended storage conditions.
- Indoor facilities such as air conditioning, fire detection, temperature and humidity.
At the end of a reservoir fluid study, our Sample Management team perform a review of samples remaining and confirm long term storage requirements. Sample details are logged on to our customized data base and this allows a complete record of the sample history and volumes remaining during the period of storage.
In addition to providing storage of samples used for ongoing and completed studies at our laboratories, we can also provide a long term storage service for our customers by taking custody of all of their reservoir fluid samples and maintaining a complete sample inventory on their behalf. This provides storage of their samples at a single location in a safe controlled manner and regular sample inventories provides a summary of all samples in storage at any given time.
Sample Management Database:
Locations providing sample management services operate a database to log and monitor samples held by using barcode on every sample in storage. These systems provide a client server architecture that provides real time status information and can be customized to provide multi user access.
The databases are used to log all sample details and client information which allows us to track the history, current status and location of any sample held in storage within a matter of seconds. This also provides a facility for providing customized client reports and to automatically generate monthly rental and storage invoices.
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