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Can anyone remember the order of draw for vacutainer tubes??

Discussion in 'Liverpool Medical School' started by Medic07, May 25, 2008.

  1. Medic07

    Medic07 New Member

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    We were taught a mnemonic but I've forgotten it, can anyone remember it?
     
  2. FruitcakeLiz

    FruitcakeLiz New Member

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    as in for the vacuettte system rather than sarsedt?

    i'm a bit rusty from my phlebotomist days but for the main ones pretty sure its:

    blue (INR)
    red (chemistry U&Es, LFTs etc)
    purple (haematology - FBC etc)
    pink (group and save)
    black (ESR)
     
  3. Medic07

    Medic07 New Member

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    Thanks Liz. Do you know where the gold and grey ones go as well by any chance?
    Is it really important to know all this for year 1 OSCE?
     
  4. happyfacedani

    happyfacedani New Member

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    They provide a sheet that says what order, we don't need to learn them. Stop panicking and learn the booklets!
     
  5. FruitcakeLiz

    FruitcakeLiz New Member

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    the grey one goes after pink. No idea about gold though- never used one of those!

    and it seems you don't need to worry anyway...!
     
  6. Vixter

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    wow theyve finally started teaching the vacutaner system which EVERY hospital uses. hurrah for liverpool, something useful at last
     
  7. FruitcakeLiz

    FruitcakeLiz New Member

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    but i wonder what that means we'll have in our osces? We were taught that stupid sarstedt one and we've always had that in the osces before but perhaps we won't now. I'm certainly not complaining- i used vacuettes for a year before coming here and never could get used to those other stupid ones.
     
  8. Vixter

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    Good point, tho i havent been tested on venepuncture since first year in the OSCE. Oh well, one more thing for me to worry about lol ;)
     
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    they will have both systems there for the OSCE so you can choose.
     
  10. drsnoopy1885

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    We were taught:
    Big (blue)
    Girls (gold)
    Like (lilac)
    Glucose (grey)

    Nopt that we needed to know it for the OSCE
     
  11. eltombarno52

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    apologies everyone, turns out they are expecting you to know the order at some point as it came up in our osce. people have used the following::

    Brown (U&E)
    Purple/Green (ESR/coagulation studies)
    Orange (specialist investigations)
    Red/pink (FBC)
    Yellow (glucose)
     
  12. FruitcakeLiz

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    confusing... those are different colours to the usual vacuette system ones- is that for sarstedt tom?
     
  13. Vixter

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    argh, these are different to the colours we use in lancaster *woe*
     
  14. FruitcakeLiz

    FruitcakeLiz New Member

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    yeah those must be the sarstedt colours- vix are the lancs ones the vacutainer ones that i had in a earlier post? purple for rbc, red for biochem etc?
     
  15. Lucy xxx

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    hehe i cant wait to start learning all this stuff!x
     
  16. Vixter

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    we use vacutaners - black for INR, purple for FBC, yellow for biochem, blue for glucose i think
     
  17. FruitcakeLiz

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    ahh and that's totally different to arrowe park and my hospital at home! how confusing!
     
  18. Touche

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    http://www.bd.com/vacutainer/pdfs/plus_plastic_tubes_wallchart_tubeguide_VS5229.pdf

    I thought they were the same internationally as long as you keep to the same brand.

    Monovette are different...
    Red = EDTA (FBC/big bottle for transfusion),
    Yellow = Fluoride anticoagulant (glucose),
    White = nothing or glass beads (biochem usually),
    Brown = clot gel (biochem in some places),
    Long Purple = ESR,
    Green = citrate (clotting)

    Have seen Monovette and Vacutainer around in the UK... although you'll forget colours quickly as you go between them.
     
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    You are supposed to know what color represents which test. During my second year OSCE they had this sheet describing the order of the tubes you need to use.

    I did not know which color represented which test but I noticed that big container of blood samples which have been taken previously by my OSCE colleagues. So I got the colors that they used and followed the order on the sheet.

    I scored a completely competent. Hurray for deductive logic and thinking on your feet!
     

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