Thanks to Dave McGlasson for a link to Facebook page, Medical Laboratory Science Hidden Heroes where on May 14, Amy Irwin asked, “So from what I hear the Na citrate blue top tube shortage is nationwide. What is your plan for anyone experiencing this?” Checking an April 16 NPR News report, there is a nationwide shortage of basic laboratory supplies such as transfer pipettes and other plastics. The report brushes on quarantine delays in shipping and loss of production following the February, 2021 Texas power crisis. Some facilities are requiring admitting physicians to document indications for screening PTs and PTTs, others prepare specimen tubes manually. Has your facility had a problem with tube supplies, and what has been your solution?
May 26: Thanks to Bob Gosselin for polling several hemostasis opinion leaders, three of whom report delayed or back-ordered citrate tube supplies. We will be following up on this concern.