- Notify the MA DPH State Laboratory BT/CT on-call personnel. The 24/7 phone number is (617) 590-6390; pager number is (617) 228-1576.
- Collect clinical specimens (blood and/or urine) from victims of a suspected chemical attack or chemical exposure.
The timing of specimen collection is critical. Blood samples should be taken as soon as possible. Urine samples should be collected 7 to 8 hours after the exposure. For pediatric patients, collect only urine samples (unless directed otherwise).
The Chemical Terrorism Response Laboratory, within the MA DPH State Laboratory, will analyze clinical samples to:
- Identify the chemical substance used in the attack
- Assess the level of exposure of the victims
Specimen Collection for an Unknown Chemical Exposure Event (PDF)
Visual representation of blood and urine specimens collected from individuals PS-CT-1-09 (March 2009)
Packaging Blood CT Specimens for Submission to the MA DPH State Laboratory (PDF)
Step by step packaging instructions with pictures PS-CT-2-09 (March 2009)
Packaging Urine CT Specimens for Submission to the MA DPH State Laboratory (PDF)
Step by step packaging instructions with pictures PS-CT-3-09 (March 2009)
Chemical Threat Specimen Collection and Labeling Guide (PDF)
Blood and urine samples from individuals involved in an unknown chemical exposure SI-CT-2-09 (March 2009)
Chemical Threat Specimen Packaging and Shipping Guide for Blood Specimens (PDF)
Packing and sending blood samples to the Chemical Threat Response Laboratory PS-CT-5-09 (March 2009)
Chemical Threat Specimen Packaging and Shipping Guide for Urine Specimens (PDF)
Packing and sending urine samples to the Chemical Threat Response Laboratory PS-CT-6-09 (March 2009)
- Hospital Chain of Custody (PDF)
Chemical Exposure Clinical Specimen Submission (PDF)
SS-CT-1-08 (March 2009)
Shipping Manifest (PDF)
PS-CT-3-08 (March 2009)
This information is provided by the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences within the Department of Public Health.