Another note from Kim in Indianapolis at Clarian:
We still routinely check each coag tube for a clot with applicator sticks. Our work load is to the point that this step is taking too much time. I would like to give this step up and have techs check after they are resulted but before verifying certain samples. I would like to know how other institutions handle this problem. Are there low and high cut offs that when exceeded, techs check for clots?
Thanks for the help, Kim
Kim, I know of at least one institution that keeps data on all their units and only check clots from the least reliable units, usually the ER. This has cut the workload without compromising results.