By: 1 March 2011

Rapid Serum Tubes

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) have announced the launch of BD Vacutainer® Rapid Serum Tube, a blood collection device designed to help acute healthcare facilities rapidly analyse blood serum for patient diagnosis. The BD Vacutainer® Rapid Serum Tube features the BD Hemogard™ safety-engineered closure, which enhances healthcare worker safety as well as compatibility with clinical analysers utilising front-end automation.

With a five-minute clotting time and as little as three minutes of centrifugation (at 4000g), the BD Vacutainer® Rapid Serum Tube can offer savings of up to 32 minutes of laboratory time.

The 5 ml-draw, 13x100ml plastic sterile blood-collection tube combines a thrombin-based additive with gel technology, which creates a high quality serum sample by minimising fibrin formation and haemolysis. Haemolysis and clotted specimens are two common examples of sub-optimal quality. This observed sample quality improvement may help lower the number of repeat collections by phlebotomy, which in turn can increase the productivity of the laboratory.