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Spurious Laboratory Results from Transferring a Blood Sample Collected in EDTA into Another Tube Type

Specialty:

Clinical Laboratory
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Occasionally someone will collect a specimen in EDTA only to find that the test requires a different specimen type. A problem arises when the person pours the EDTA sample into a serum tube rather than returning to draw a new specimen.

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