Storing Specimens with Medications

The following is an important reminder for your employees:

Q: We are aware that specimens cannot be stored with food, but is it okay to store blood, urine, and other specimens in the same refrigerator and/or freezer with medications?

A: No. You must store patient food, medications, and specimens in separate, labeled refrigerators. Glucose beverages, however, may be stored in the medication or the patient food refrigerator, but never in the specimen refrigerator.