Presentation on theme: "Sampling Contents: Specimens used for analysis Factors affecting the results of blood samples Precautions for collecting blood specimens Collection of."— Presentation transcript:
Drugs Oral contraceptives containing estrogens Cortisol T3, T4 HDL-Cholest. TG Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Few to several hours after last dose. Just before next dose Glucose Tolerance Diurnal variations : Cortisol am. pm.
Precautions for collecting blood specimens: 1.Blood is an infectious agent. 2.Condition of the patient : Completely relaxed Physically (no exertion) Mentally (allay apprehension) 30 min before collection Specially important for Cortisol Blood gases Lactate
3. Posture of the patient: Lying down for 20 min, recommended for : Plasma proteins & substances bound to them ( Ca, T3 & T4, Cortisol, Lipids ) by standing up ( redistribution of body fluids) by standing up ( Renin) Aldosterone
4. Choice of vein : Choose a wide vein even if palpable but not visible. Never collect blood from a vein in which an IV infusion is being given, even if distal to the infusion site. 5. Cleansing of skin : Ethanol ( Not to be used if ethanol in blood is 70 % to be determined ) Isopropanol
6. Venous Stasis : Should be minimal specially for: Plasma proteins Lactate Coagulation Studies Ca, Cortisol, T3&T4, Lipids
7. Avoid Hemolysis : Alcohol used for cleansing, should dry before needle introduction. Choice of wide vein. Minimal venous stasis. Clean introduction of needle into vein. Moderate drainage of blood. If you are using syringe for drainage, remove the needle before delivery of blood into the tube. Gentle mixing with the anticoagulant.
Effects of Hemolysis : Electrolytes : K & Mg Proteins E/P : -globulin Enzymes : LDH other enzymes e.g. AST May interfere with some tests
8. Care of sample after collection : - Blood gases - Lactate - Pyruvate Rapidly process the blood sample OR keep in ice bath until analysis - Generally, separate plasma or serum as soon as possible, if not, the following changes may be observed: a) Glucose lactate, except if collected on fluoride b) Some substances may leak from RBCs K, LDH & P c) Loss of CO 2 & giving of O 2 d) Certain enzymes are labile e.g. Acid phosphatase
Collection of Urine Specimens: Many measurements may be done on a random sample. A better value is obtained if measurement is done on a timed collection of urine e.g. 24-h sample: 1.Start at 8.00 h by completely emptying the bladder, this urine is discarded. 2.Thereafter, collect all urine voided into a container which is kept in the refrigerator. An alternative is to add a suitable preservative to the container and to mix it well with the urine each time the urine is added. 3.At 8.00 h next day urine is voided and added to the urine collected.