Centralized Core Laboratory:Hematology
Blue top (sodium citrate) tube
Cause for rejection:
Sample hemolyzed, clotted, diluted with IV fluid; contaminated with heparin; improperly filled; not kept on ice; received > 1 hr. after drawn
Daily, 24 hours; STAT
Optical Light Scatter Detection Clotting Assay
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 CCL personnel for the proper handling of the specimen and the reporting of results. Please indicate if the patient is currently receiving anticoagulant therapy.
OC Power Word:
Reference range: 12-14 secs.
Recommended Therapeutic Range for Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: Prophylaxis of venous thrombosis, Treatment of venous thrombosis, Treatment of pulmonary embolism, Prevention of systemic embolism, and Tissue heart valves - INR 2.0-3.0, Myocardial infarction (to prevent systemic embolism), Valvular heart disease, Atrial fibrillation, Mechanical prosthetic valves - INR 2.0-3.0