Posts - Specimen Management

Sep 4, 2019 5:30pm
George, I would like to get your thoughts and references if possible about the "proper" amount of blood to discard before drawing samples for coagulation testing. In the current environment of minimizing blood waste and limiting volume of blood draws, we are reviewing our current policy. Our current SOP states to draw and discard 20 cc of blood before coagulation tube draws. We cannot find documentation to support that amount and would like to reduce that amount with some justification. If you have any insights, we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks much. Bruce King, M.D. Director of Hematology laboratory
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Apr 3, 2019 12:48pm
On behalf of Dr. Franziska Broell, we've extended our Specimen Integrity Survay (click or tap) through April 30. Please see our March 1, 2019 Specimen Interity Survey entry describing Dr.
Mar 1, 2019 3:52pm
Our March, 2019 Quick Question consists of a Survey Monkey survey (click or tap) on specimen integrity. Please see the entry for a full explanation.
Feb 21, 2019 10:12pm
With thanks to Stephen Duff, George was recently introduced to Franziska Broell of Halifax. Dr. Broeli has developed a device, the VitalTag, that is able to measure various specimen stresses such as storage time, temperature, and physical stresses.