Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12857/127028
Title: Low volume tubes are not effective to reduce the rate of hemolyzed specimens from the emergency department
Authors: Lippi, Giuseppe 
Bonelli, Patrizia
Graiani, Virna
Caleffi, Catia
Cervellin, Gianfranco 
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12857/127028
ISSN: 00099120
DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2013.12.004
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