Not sure what can go wrong : )
IIRC from my training days (albeit a good number of years ago) chromosome tests tests are carried out on white cells from peripheral venous blood collected in a heparinised Vacutainer.... Is that how you understand it?
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Yep container containing lithium heparin so they say a green topped container, yet I understand a green topped container can contain lithium heparin or sodium heparin, whereas a green and grey top contains lithium heparin only....
I was told by the lab to give the message if the documentation was unclear that a full sample was to be collected in a lithium heparin green topped vacutainer. I just hope the vacutainer has lithium heparin in it and not sodium heparin as to what difference that would make, I don't know, but when a specialist says one thing, it is usual they don't mean something else.
What appears to be happening is some bod up in the labs is asking for something which is unclear to the phlebotomists, so they try to contact the lab for guidance and receive nothing conclusive, so as a last resort they ask me what it's for, so I tell them, they check their guidelines, show me what the guidelines say and go for it based on the guidelines and it gets rejected by the bod in the lab every time, the bod whose name the lab won't reveal to me when I ask, but I will get it as I do feel abused in this situation and although I don't usually complain, on this occasion I do believe there is something that needs to be addressed and that, because this is medicine where someone now knowing what they are supposed to be doing can result in people losing their lives.
The lab is an NHS lab which I understand does both NHS, private and commercial work or so their very impressive website says.
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