Decanting of Blood into Tubes

DECANTING OF BLOOD

  • After taking blood, syringe some blood into the plastic container in the dressings kit to remove clotted blood. This can be used to test BSL (opportunistic).
  • Then, removing cap from specimen tubes (except blood cultures which require injecting of blood into the appropriate tubes. Generally this would require about 5mls of blood for most tubes.
  • ESR and Coagulopathy are exception, which the tube (black in this case) to be filled to the line