Tube Types are listed in the order in which they should be drawn from first to last, a printable diagram is available at the end of this listing. 

Contains bacterial culture media. Be sure to invert 4-5 times

Common Tests

Glass Bacterial Culture bottle 40mL Glass Bacterial Culture bottle 40mL
Test Name
Culture, Blood

Contains sodium citrate anti-coagulant. Plasma – transfer to plastic vial and label with patient’s name, date of birth and “citrate plasma”. Whole blood, invert 3 to 4 times – send filled tube. 

Light blue sterile transport medium contains sodium citrate
Test Name
Prothrombin Time (PT)
PTT

Contains no anti-coagulant or preservative. Primarily used for therapeutic drug levels. Separate serum from cells and transfer to plastic vial. Label with patient’s name, date of birth, and “serum”. 

Serum sterile transport medium contains red tube top
Test Name
Phenobarbital
Theophylline
Carbamazepine

Contains gel-barrier. Serum – allow blood to clot and centrifuge tube. Unless otherwise stated, this tube may be submitted for assays requiring serum.

Red and black serum seperator tube
Test Name
Basic Metabolic Panel
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
Electrolyte Panel
Hepatitis Panel, Acute
Hepatic Function Panel
Lipid Panel
Renal Function Panel
Red and black serum seperator tube
Test Name
ANA (Anti-Nuclear Ab w/ Reflex Titer)
Amylase
Calcium
CK, Total
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
CRP, High Sensitivity
Creatinine
DHEA Sulfate
Estradiol
Ferritin
Folic Acid
Follicle Stim Hormone (FSH)
GGT
Glucose
HCG, Qualitative
HCG, Quantitative
Hepatitis A Total Ab Reflex to IgM Total
Hepatitis B Surface Ab
Hepatitis B Surface Ag
Hepatitis C Ab
HIV 1/2 4th Gen, Rflx Conf
Homocysteine
H. Pylori IgG, Qualitative
Herpes Simplex 1/2 IgG
Insulin
Iron, Serum
Iron and IBC
LDH
Luteinizing Hormone
Lipase
Magnesium
Mononucleosis Screen
Potassium
Progesterone
Prolactin
PSA, Total Diagnostic
PSA, Total Medicare Screen
PTH, Intact
Rheumatoid Factor, Quant
RPR
Rubella Ab Screen 
T3, Free
T3, Uptake
T4, Free
T4, Total
Testosterone
Testosterone,Free/Total w/ SHBG
Thyroid Peroxidase Ab
TSH
TSH w/ Reflex to Free T4
Uric Acid
Vitamin B-12
Vitamin D, 25

Contains no anti-coagulant. Primarily used for trace metal studies. Serum – transfer to plastic vial and label with patient’s name, date of birth, and “serum royal blue”.  Invert 8 to 10 times.

Royal Blue top tube with no preservative
Test Name
Chromium
Copper
Iodine
Manganese
Molybdenum
Selenium
Zinc

Contains sodium heparin anti-coagulant. Plasma – transfer to plastic vial and label with patient’s name and “heparin plasma”. Whole blood – send filled tube. 

Lithium Heparin

For Lithium Heparin tests, consult our Test Directory

Green-Top Tube-Heparin

Green top tube with sodium heparin
 

Contains EDTA anti-coagulant. Invert tube 8 to 10 times. Plasma – transfer to plastic vial and label with patient’s name , date of birth, and “EDTA plasma”. Whole blood – send filled tube. 

Lavendar top tube contains Potassium EDTA
Test Name
Antibody Screen
Blood Group (ABO) and RH Type
CBC w/ Auto Diff w/ Platelets
CBC w/out Diff w/ Platelets
Hemoglobin A1c
Leukemia/ Lymphoma Phenotyping, Peripheral Blood
Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

Contains EDTA anti-coagulant. Primarily used for trace metal studies. Plasma – transfer to plastic vial and label with patient’s name, date of birth, and “EDTA plasma royal blue”. Whole blood – send filled tube. Invert 8-10 times. 

Royal Blue top tube contains EDTA
Test Name
Chromium, RBC
Copper, RBC
Manganese, RBC
Selenium, RBC
Zinc, RBC

Contains sodium fluoride anti-coagulant. Primarily used to preserve glucose levels. Plasma – transfer to plastic vial and label with patient’s name and “fluoride plasma”. Whole blood – send filled tube.  Invert 8-10 times. Do not confuse with urine culture tube

Sodium Flouride collection medium with grey top tube
Test Name
Ethanol, Blood
Glucose
Lactic Acid, Plasma

Contains either ACD or SPS anti-coagulant. SPS is used primarily for Microbiology specimens. Whole blood – send filled tube. This tube is drawn last

ACD Solution Collection Media, this container is drawn last and has a yellow tube top
Test Name
HexosaminidaseA/Total
SM Carrier Testing
Tay Sachs SN/Enzyme
ACD Solution Collection Media, this container is drawn last and has a yellow tube top
Test Name
HLA Class I Typing Disease Assoc
HLA Class II Typing Disease Assoc
Narcolepsy Evaluation

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