Background: Blood from patients who are receiving anticoagulant therapy may take longer to clot. Anticoagulation is an important component of the dialysis prescription. We compared BD Vacutainer® Barricor™ Plasma Blood Collection Tubes (BD BarrricorTM), BD Vacutainer® PST™ Lithium Heparin Tubes (BD PST™), and BD (Becton-Dickinson, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) Vacutainer Serum Separator Tubes (BD SST), as reference tube in dialysis patients to examine whether they had an effect on routine biochemical tests.
Materials and Methods: A total of 29 chronic hemodialysis patients were included in this study. Samples were collected into BD BarrricorTM, BD PST™, and BD SST tubes after the dialysis. All the tubes were centrifuged by NF 1200R rotor (1,300 g for 10 minutes at 22°C, 1,200 g for 10 minutes at 4°C, 2,400 g for 10 minutes at 22°C, respectively) after the incubation period. Eleven routine clinical chemistry parameters (Creatinine, Urea, Na, K, Cl, AST, ALT, Total Bilirubin, Direct Bilirubin, Calcium, Cholesterol) were analyzed on a Beckman Coulter AU 5800.
Results: Results of creatinine, K and cholesterol were statistically significantly different between the SST and LiH (p = 0.014, p = 0.009, and p < 0.001, respectively). In terms of other biochemical parameters we tested for all three tubes there was no clinically significance inspite of the statistically significance.
Conclusions: BD Barricor™ tubes provide fast, clean, high-quality plasma samples, safe results, and may lower times and costs.