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Add heparin to the fluid collection container prior to obtaining the fluid.

Use 10 units of heparin per each ml of the collection container’s total capacity.

Do not use containers that could leak or break.

Call Weisenthal Cancer Group in advance for malignant effusion shipping containers and materials.

Do not send fluid from bedside drainage racks.

Keep the specimen cold.

Do not freeze the specimen.

Do not use dry ice for shipping.

Transport the specimen the same day it is collected.