Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) Profile
85362, 85379, 85384, 85049, 85610, 85730
Identify the presence and follow the course of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
Whole blood and plasma, frozen
5 mL EDTA whole blood, one citrated whole blood tube, and 3 mL citrated frozen plasma (1.5 mL in each of two tubes)
Lavender-top (EDTA) tube and blue-top (sodium citrate) tubes
The sample should be mixed immediately by gentle inversion at least six times to ensure adequate mixing of the anticoagulant with the blood. When noncitrate tubes are collected for other tests, collect sterile and nonadditive (red-top) tubes prior to citrate (blue-top) tubes. Any tube containing an alternate anticoagulant should be collected after the blue-top tube. Gel-barrier tubes and serum tubes with clot initiators should also be collected after the citrate tubes. Centrifuge and carefully remove the plasma using a plastic transfer pipette, being careful not to disturb the cells. Transfer the plasma into a frozen purple tube with screw cap. Freeze immediately and maintain frozen until tested.
Maintain whole blood at room temperature. Freeze plasma.
Severe hemolysis; improper labeling; clotted specimen; specimen diluted with IV fluids; samples thawed in transit; improper sample type; sample out of stability.