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Tube Additives

Vacutainer tube additives

AdditiveTube top color FunctionOrder of Draw
Sodium polyanethol sulfonate (SPS) Yellow SPS for 1
Sodium Citrate Light blue For coagulation determinations. 2
Silicone coated (None) Red Glass only For serum determinations in chemistry. **May be used for routine blood donor screening and diagnostic testing of serum for infectious disease 3 (use as a discard tube)
Clot activator Red (plastic), Gold, Red/black tiger top For serum determinations in chemistry.**May be used for routine blood donor screening and diagnostic testing of serum for infectious disease 3
Lithium heparin Light green & Lt. grn/black tiger top For plasma determinations in chemistry. 4
Sodium Heparin Green For plasma determinations in chemistry. 4
EDTA ---Liquid K3 EDTA (glass) Spray-coated K2 EDTA (plastic) Lavender K2EDTA and K3EDTA for whole blood hematology determinations. K2EDTA may be used for routine immunohematology testing, and blood donor screening.* 5
K2 EDTA and gel for plasma separation Pearl For use in molecular diagnostic test methods (DNA) 5
K2 EDTA (spray-coated plastic) Pink For whole blood hematology determinations. May be used for routine immunohematology testing and blood donor screening.*** Designed with special cross-match label for patient information required by the AABB 5
Potassium oxalate/ sodium fluoride • Sodium fluoride/Na2 EDTA • Sodium fluoride (serum tube) Gray For glucose determinations. Oxalate and EDTA anticoagulants will give plasma samples. Sodium fluoride is the antiglycolytic agent 6
K2 EDTA (plastic) Tan For lead determinations 7
Clot activator (plastic serum) • K2EDTA (plastic) Royal Blue For trace-element, toxicology, and nutritional-chemistry determinations 7
Acid citrate dextrose additives (ACD) Yellow ACD for use in blood bank studies, HLA phenotyping, and DNA and paternity testing 2 or 8 depending on facility's policy
Aerobic & Anaerobic blood culture bottles Glass bottles with variable color flip caps Blood Culture specimen collections in microbiology 1
Created by: CharleeDilley