Specimen Type: Blood|
Tube Type/Collection Container: Blue top (sodium citrate) tube
Collection Volume: 2.7 mL
Cause for rejection: Specimen hemolyzed, clotted, diluted with IV fluid; contaminated with heparin; improperly filled; not kept on ice; received > 1 hr after drawn
Availability: Daily, 24 hours; STAT
Methodology: Optical Light Scatter Detection Clotting Assay
Special Instructions: Indicate clearly if a specimen has been drawn from an arterial line or from a line that has been rinsed with heparin. This information is absolutely essential to the laboratory personnel for proper handling of the specimen and the reporting of results. Please indicate if the patient is currently receiving anticoagulant therapy.
If collected at an offsite location, send by a STAT Courier to Akron Children's at Mahoning Valley Hospital lab.
TAT: 4 hours
Additional Info: Reference ranges: PT 12-14 secs; APTT < 41 secs
Transport specimens to processing area of the laboratory in an appropriate container. Additional information is available from Ingrid Hershey, Laboratory Administrative Director, at 330-543-8721.
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308