Biochemical, immunochemical and serology analytes validation of the lithium heparin BD Barricor blood collection tube on a highly automated Roche COBAS8000 instrument

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Davide Ferrari
Marta Strollo
Matteo Vidali
Andrea Motta
Marina Pontillo
Massimo Locatelli


blood collection tubes, mechanical separator, plasma, serum, serology


Background: Recently developed blood tubes with a barrier to provide plasma are becoming widespread. We compared 43 biochemical, 35 immunochemical and 7 serology analytes in a BD-Vacutainer® Barricor tube for local clinical validation of this lithium-heparin tube with a barrier. Methods: Samples from 70 volunteers were collected in different BD-tubes: a clot-activator tube with gel (SST), a lithium-heparin tube with gel (PST), and a lithium-heparin tube with barrier (BAR). Biases from Bland-Altman plots and 95% confidence intervals were compared with the desirable specification from the Ricos database in order to verify whether measurements from different tubes were significantly different. Results: For most of the analytes tested, the measurements using SST, PST or BAR tubes were equivalent. Only BIC, GLU, K, LAD, LPA, P, TP, CTX, Ferritin, HGH, vitD3 and ANTIS showed statistically significant, between-tubes, differences which might have clinical implication. Conclusions: The study demonstrates that SST, PST and BAR can be used interchangeably for most of the analytes tested, including serology analytes. This allows the use of the same tube for assaying multiple analytes, increasing the laboratory efficiency while decreasing patients discomfort by minimizing blood withdrawal.


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