Storage Containers

Configurable container structure. A storage container within OpenSpecimen represents a physically discrete repository (e.g. liquid nitrogen freezer, sample box) used to store specimens, specimen arrays, or other containers. OpenSpecimen utilizes a flexible and hierarchical storage representation to display biospecimen locations, and users can employ a storage type template during the creation of a new storage container, which helps maintain conformity among similar containers (e.g. 10X10 2ml vial box, -80º C freezer). Applying restrictions on a storage container makes the storage system more organized especially when banking clinical study samples where specimens stored by type are important. For example, a storage container can be restricted to hold samples of a certain class (e.g. tissue, fluid, cell or molecular) or type (e.g. fixed tissue, serum, cell pellet, DNA) and can also be restricted to store bio specimens procured under certain collection protocols.


Reserve Containers

You can reserve containers for specific type of specimen and/or for collection protocols, e.g. blood box, breast tissue collection box, etc. OpenSpecimen will automatically prompt the right container based on the properties of the specimen being collected.  One example of restrictions applied to a container hierarchy could specify that the Freezer (F1) holds racks only, and Racks (R1) holds test tubes only, and the Test Tubes (TT1) holds a blood sample from a particular study only. You could go into more levels of restrictions. A storage container could be restricted to a particular Collection Protocol. For example, -80º C Freezer is restricted to CP B&B Study and BCP, meaning it can only be used for specimens collected under these two collection protocols and not for specimens collected under other CPs.