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Collection tube colors and tests associated

Yellow (sterile) additive sodium polyanetholesulfonate (SPS) to inhibit complement and phagocytosis
Yellow (sterile) specimen whole blood
Yellow (sterile) test use this tube to recover microorganisms causing blood infection
Light Blue test coagulation tests and prothrombin time (PT)
Light Blue additive Sodium Citrate (anticoagulant)
Light Blue specimen plasma
Red (plastic or glass) test chemistry, serology, blood bank
Red (plastic or glass) additive clot activators in plastic, none in glass
Red (plastic or glass) specimen serum
Lavender test complete blood count CBC, sedimentation rate, routine immunohemtaology
Lavender additive EDTA (anticoagulant)
Lavender specimen whole blood
White test viral loads
White additive polymer gel with EDTA
White specimen plasma
Gold BD Hemogard Closure or red-gray test most chemistry tests
Gold BD Hemogard Closure or red-gray additive clot activator/polymer gel
Gold BD Hemogard Closure or red-gray specimen serum
Grey test lactic acid measurement, glucose tolerance test, fasting blood sugar (FBS), blood alcohol levels
Grey additive antiglycolytic afent (iodacetate or sodium flouride) that preserves gluclose, perhpas the anticoagulant potassium oxalate or heparin
Grey specimen plasma
Black test deimentation rate
Black additive buffered sodium citrate
Black specimen whole blood
Green test STAT and routine chemistry tests, ammonia, electrolytles, arterial blood gases (ABGs)
Green additive sodium heparin, lithium heparin, or ammonium heparin
Green specimen plasma
Light green or green-gray test STAT and routine chemistry tests
Light green or green-gray additive heparin/polymer gel
Light green or green-gray specimen plasma
Orange BD Hemogard Closure or yellow-gray test STAT chemistry
Orange BD Hemogard Closure or yellow-gray additive thrombin
Orange BD Hemogard Closure or yellow-gray specimen serum
Royal Blue test toxicology, trace metals. nutritional analysis
Royal Blue additive heparin, EDTA, or none
Royal Blue specimen plasma or serum
Tan test lead analysis
Tan additive heparin
Tan specimen plasma
Yellow (nonsterile) test human leukocyte antigen (HLA) studies
Yellow (nonsterile) additive acid citrate and dextrose
Yellow (nonsterile) specimen whole blood
Pink test blood bank compatibility test
Pink additive K2, EDTA
Pink specimen whole blood or plasma
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