• Update to Blood Specimen Collection Instructions
    Jan 26, 2012

    Since the introduction of the BD Serum Separator Tube (SST – gold top) in 2010, we have noted an increase in the number of tests that must be cancelled because the volume of blood received is not of sufficient quantity (NSQ) to perform all tests ordered.

    The new tubes have reduced the blood draw volume by 40%, which results in less serum being available for testing purposes after centrifugation. In order to reduce the number of NSQ samples received, we are providing a guide in the Client Notice below for appropriate blood specimen collection when multiple tests are ordered, and additional tubes may be required. The Client Notice also includes other pre-analytical reasons why tests may be cancelled, or results compromised.

    Client Notice - Update to Blood Specimen Collection Instructions - January 26, 2012 [PDF]

    Since the introduction of the BD Serum Separator Tube (SST – gold top) in 2010, we have noted an increase in the number of tests that must be cancelled because the volume of blood received is not of sufficient quantity (NSQ) to perform all tests ordered.

    The new tubes have reduced the blood draw volume by 40%, which results in less serum being available for testing purposes after centrifugation. In order to reduce the number of NSQ samples received, we are providing a guide in the Client Notice below for appropriate blood specimen collection when multiple tests are ordered, and additional tubes may be required. The Client Notice also includes other pre-analytical reasons why tests may be cancelled, or results compromised.

    Client Notice - Update to Blood Specimen Collection Instructions - January 26, 2012 [PDF]

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