Tube Shortage

To address a worldwide blood tube shortage, the following initiatives will be put in place:

  • All outpatient areas will utilize gold-top tubes instead of light green.
  • Extra tubes will not be drawn.
  • Emergency Departments and inpatient draws will be modified to draw only one light green tube instead of two.
  • Gold-top tubes will only be drawn in the Emergency Departments if a lithium, procalcitonin, GGT, or salicylate is ordered.
  • All unused labels must be sent to the laboratory for aliquot tubes.
  • The laboratory will process the single tubes by separating them for the testing required.

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September 16, 2021