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Specimens are a potential risk and must be packaged and handled appropriately. All specimens must be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible. However, where storage is required this should be in a designated specimen refrigerator and not stored with drugs, food or vaccines. The specimens must be placed in an appropriate container for the type of specimen. The specimen must be labelled clearly and correctly. If the sample is considered to be high risk, a label should be attached to the specimen form. In accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations, 2005, specimens must be transported in a UN approved container.. This must be leak proof, easy to clean and protect the handler from contamination. After each use, the transport containers must be cleaned and dried. 19. Management of waste Please refer to NHS Kirklees Waste Management Guideline. 20. Management of laundry Bed linen, towels, and clothes should be changed daily. Soiled linen should be placed into water soluble bags and then into red linen bags and sent to laundry as infected linen. 21. Management of spillages All blood/body fluid spillages must be dealt with immediately. Wearing the appropriate PPE use the Guest Medical spillage kits, if not available, use paper towels to absorb the fluid, clean with fresh hot water and detergent and then disinfect using Chlorclean. 22. Decontamination of equipment Wearing the appropriate PPE, all equipment must be decontaminated in accordance with NHS Kirklees Decontamination of Reusable Medical Devices Policy. 23. Bed management and the movement of patients The risks of healthcare associated infections are greatly increased by the extensive movements of patients with the hospital/healthcare environment. In accordance with the Health Act, 2006 there should be joint working between the infection prevention and control team and the bed/ward managers in planning patient admissions, transfers, discharges and movements between departments and other healthcare facilities. Where necessary ambulance trusts may need to become involved in such planning. Do not send patients with symptomatic vomiting and diarrhoea to another ward/department unless strictly necessary, and in the patient’s best interest, ie the health of the patient should take priority over the infection problem. The Health Act, 2006 states that: Suitable and sufficient information on a patient’s infection status whenever it arranges for that patient to be moved from the care of one organisation to another, so that any risks to the patient and others may be minimised. It is therefore essential that the receiving ward/health care facility must be informed and a single room organised. 8