If your facility is facing a shortage of Sodium Citrate (Blue Top) laboratory tubes, Abbott’s i-STAT PT/INR and ACT cartridges may help you manage your inventory and limited supplies in certain settings.
For more information on the shortage and recommended conservation strategies, you may refer to the June 10th communication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
|By shifting testing from the lab to i-STAT PT/INR at the point-of-care you can continue the safe and effective monitoring of your patients on oral anticoagulation therapy, such as Coumadin or warfarin.|
Same-day Surgery Units
|Adding i-STAT PT/INR at the point-of-care can help ensure patients on oral anticoagulation therapy have discontinued these medications prior to a procedure.|
|If a unit or department is using a blue top for heparin monitoring, there may be an opportunity to use i-STAT ACT as an alternative methodology to monitor heparin only.|
*Coumadin is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb
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