|Test||PT, CIRCULATING ANTICOAGULANT, PLASMA|
|Methodology||Mixing study with normal plasma|
|Description||Useful in the assessment of an unexplained prolonged Prothrombin Time.|
|Specimen||Collect specimen as follows:
1. Draw blood in light blue-top (3.2% sodium citrate) tube(s). Separate plasma from cells within 1 HOUR of collection in a centrifuge at 2,500 rpm for 15 minutes or 3,000 rpm for 10 minutes.
2. Using a plastic transfer pipette (do not use a glass pipette) decant the plasma to a screw-capped, plastic (polypropylene) vial. (Glass vials will not be accepted.)
3. Obtain a platelet count on the platelet-poor plasma. If the platelet count is > 10,000, respin the specimen and repeat steps 2 and 3 until the platelet count is < 10,000.
4. Divide the specimen into as many 0.5 - 1.0 mL aliquots as possible and cap the vial(s) tightly.
5. Freeze specimen(s) immediately at <= 40°C.
6. Send specimen(s) FROZEN on dry ice.
|Reference Values||An interpretive report will be issued.|
|Analytic Time||1 Day|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Available upon request Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.|