From Diane Belliveau, Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, New Hampshire: Hi George, we have a special care nursury. I am looking for help in specimen handling/volumes for these special patients. Are there any new products for coagulation specimen collections on babies?
Hi, Diane, the only 3.2% sodium citrate tube available for low-volume collection, 1 mL, is the Greiner Bio-one MiniCollect® tube, catalogue number 450413. The description, however, carries this notation, “MiniCollect Coagulation Tubes are for use with venous blood only.” There appear to be no capillary collection devices for coagulation.
If any participant has a recommendation for collection from newborns, please comment below.