i‑STAT may be able to help manage Blue-Top tube shortages

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.


Coumadin* Clinics

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.

Dialysis Units

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.



About the i‑STAT PT/INR and ACT cartridges 

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  • i-STAT PT/INR is a lab-quality, moderately complex test intended for the monitoring of patients receiving oral anticoagulation therapy such as Coumadin* or warfarin.
  • Adding i-STAT PT/INR to your current menu of i-STAT tests may also offer you the opportunity to simplify training and management of operator competency, as well as ordering and inventory management by requiring fewer platforms to oversee.
  • With i-STAT ACT, healthcare professionals can measure the time required for complete activation of the coagulation cascade
  • i-STAT ACT provides clinicians a with-patient ACT test that is reliable and reproducible, enabling accurate heparin dose adjustments.

discover more about i‑STAT test cartridges and other point-of-care products   contact sales



*Coumadin is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb


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