Shipping CANDIDA ISOLATES


INSTRUCTIONS FOR SHIPPING CANDIDA ISOLATES TO TEXAS ARLN LABORATORY

It is required that UN3373 shipping guidelines are followed.

Texas ARLN has an account set up with FedEx to ship these specimens.  Please email TexasARLN@dshs.texas.gov for instructions for logging into the FedEx account.

   

When you log in to the FedEx site, please follow these steps:

1.         Ignore the “My Shipment” profile if this is your first time to use this account.

2.         Under “From”, click “Edit” and enter your facility information.  Check “save new sender in address book” so that you can use the same information in the future.

3.         Under “To”, please select contact name “Denise Dunbar”.  The Texas DSHS Laboratory address will be populated for you.

4.         Enter information under package and shipment details.

5.         Please make sure to double check under “special service”. If you are not sending anything on dry ice, please make sure “dry ice” is not checked.  (Sometimes “dry ice” is automatically checked but should be not checked).

 

Please note that you must have 2 matching unique identifiers on both submission G-2E form and the specimen (patient full name and date of birth are typically the two identifiers used). 

 

Isolates should be clonal (selected from a single colony) and submitted on a Sabouraud’s Dextrose agar slant or other appropriate media.   (If you have CHROMagar Candida agar plates available, these are best for isolating different colony types.   Please ship individual colony types on separate slants).

 

The address should populate automatically by the FedEx system.  If it does not, please use: 

 

Texas Department of State Health Services

Laboratory Services Section

1100 W. 49th Street

Austin, TX 78756-3199 

Please telephone Denise Dunbar at 512-776-7342 if you only have plated medium for submitting isolates or if you have any other questions about shipping. 

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Last updated October 1, 2020