|Test||REPTILASE TIME, PLASMA|
|Description||Useful for detection of fibrinogen deficiency/dysfunction. (Not affected by heparin therapy.)|
|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. Divide the specimen into as many 0.5 - 1.0 mL aliquots as possible and cap the vial(s) tightly.
4. Freeze specimen(s) immediately at <= -40° C.
5. Send specimen(s) FROZEN on dry ice.
|Reference Values||14.0 – 21.0 seconds|
|Analytic Time||1 Day|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Monday through Sunday|
85635 (if necessary) Reptilase Reflex