A blood collection tube is a pre-sterilized glass or plastic tube with a fixed rubber stopper, containing a vacuum which facilitates the draw of a predetermined volume of blood or liquid. Blood collection tubes are predominantly used for blood sample collection in venipuncture, serum separator tubes. Some blood collection tubes tubes will contain additives designed to coagulate, stabilize or preserve the blood sample prior to clinical lab testing. Most blood collection tubes (like BD Vacutainer tubes) are available with a safety rubber stopper and a variety of marking and labeling options. Various brands and sizes are available which will allow your clinical lab to draw different volume sizes of blood.
BD Vacutainer® SST™ blood collection tubes contain spray-coated silica to aid in clotting and a polymer gel for serum separation. Samples processed in these tubes are used for serum determinations in chemistry, blood donor screening and infectious disease testing. BD Vacutainer® SST™ blood collection tubes provide an efficient means of serum sample preparation and help to improve laboratory workflow.
BD Vacutainer® PST™ blood collection tubes contain spray-coated lithium heparin and a polymer gel for plasma separation. Samples processed in these tubes are used for plasma determinations in chemistry. BD Vacutainer® PST™ Lithium Heparin blood collection tubes eliminate the need to wait for a clot to form, making it an ideal tube for STAT procedures, as well as for patients receiving anticoagulant therapy. They provide the convenience of gel separation with the added advantage of improved turnaround time.
BD Vacutainer® Plus Plastic Serum blood collection tubes have spray-coated silica and are used for serum determinations in chemistry. Samples processed in these tubes may also be used for routine blood donor screening, immunohematology and diagnostic testing of serum for infectious diseases.
BD Vacutainer® Heparin blood collection tubes are spray-coated with either lithium heparin or sodium heparin. Samples collected in these blood collection tubes are used for plasma determinations in chemistry.
BD Vacutainer® Rapid Serum Tubes (RST) contain thrombin-based clot activator and polymer gel for serum separation. Samples processed in these tubes are used for serum determinations in chemistry. A five-minute clotting time makes this tube ideal for STAT testing in the emergency department as well as clinical laboratories striving to improve test turnaround and workflow efficiencies.