Vacutainer

Anticoagulant

Capacity

Sample types

Lavender

EDTA

4ml /10ml*

A

Gold

SST/Gel

5ml

B

Light Blue

Citrate

4.5ml

C

Red

None

6ml

F

Grey

Fluoride oxalate

2ml, 4ml

G

Green

Lithium heparin

6ml

H

Dark Blue

Sodium heparin

7ml

K

* 10ml EDTA tubes are used for specific PCR assays

Streck Cyto-chex BCT Vacutainers for lymphocyte subsets (CD3/CD4/CD8)
(stable for up to 7 days). They are not suitable for other CD markers.

Chex

Blood culture bottle: contact laboratory

BC

Contact laboratory for advice on sample taking

J

Test by appointment

X

Random Faeces

RF

Faecal Collection

LF

Random Urine

RU

First Catch Random Urine (for DL12/Chlamydia, etc.)

FCRU

30ml aliquot from a 24 hour urine collection – state total volume

CU

30ml aliquot from a 24 hour urine collection with 10ml of 0.1N Hydrochloric Acid
added – state total volume

PU

Early Morning Urine (1st sample of the day)

EMU

60ml container

SC

Cytyc Thin Prep Vial

TPV

Orange/Blue swab for culture – swab in transport medium

STM

Black Charcoal swab

CS

Green Viral swab

VS

PCR swab for Chlamydia/PCR Infection Screening

PCR

Tap/bottled water mouth wash – 20mls

MW

Ammotic fluid (5mls PCR – 10mls Karyotype)

AF

Chorionic Villus (medium provided by laboratory)

CVS

Urine cytology container

UCYT