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|Title:||Low volume tubes are not effective to reduce the rate of hemolyzed specimens from the emergency department||Authors:||Lippi, Giuseppe
|Keywords:||Blood collection;Catheter;Hemolysis;Low volume tube||Keywords Plus:||INTRAVENOUS CATHETERS;VACUUM||Mesh headings:||Emergency Service, Hospital;Hemolysis;Specimen Handling||Secondary Mesh headings:||Blood Chemical Analysis;Female;Hospitals, Urban;Humans;Male||Issue Date:||Feb-2014||Publisher:||PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD||Journal:||Clinical biochemistry||Abstract:||
Spurious hemolysis is the leading source of nonconformities that can be recorded in diagnostic samples, especially those collected in the emergency department (ED). The aim of this study was to assess whether the shift from regular to low volume blood collection tubes may reduce the rate of hemolysis in a large urban ED, where approximately 80% of blood collections are performed through catheters.
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