Posts - Specimen Management

Dec 1, 2019 11:44am
Check our December, 2019 Quick Question on the right: "When collecting hemostasis specimens, when do you use a discard tube?" Please provide an answer based on your facility's specimen management policy. If your answer doesn't match the answers that are offered, please provide your comment below or send it to George at
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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.
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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.
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