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Test Catalog

Test ID: DABIE    
Dabigatran, Ecarin, Plasma

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Plasma Na Cit

Advisory Information

This test measures dabigatran only. For measurement of aragatroban direct thrombin inhibitor, see ARGAT / Argatroban, Ecarin, Plasma.

 

This test is not indicated for monitoring low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), unfractionated heparin (UFH), or oral direct anti-Xa inhibitors (eg, apixaban, rivaroxaban, edoxaban). For monitoring oral direct anti-Xa inhibitors, see APIXA / Apixaban, Anti-Xa, Plasma; EDOXA / Edoxaban, Anti-Xa, Plasma, or RIVAR / Rivaroxaban, Anti-Xa, Plasma.

Necessary Information

If priority specimen, mark request form, give reason, and request a call-back.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Specimen Type: Platelet-poor plasma

Collection Container/Tube: Light-blue top (3.2% sodium citrate)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Specimen should be drawn 1 to 3 hours (peak) after a dose or just prior (trough) to the next dose for dabigatran concentrations.

2. For complete instructions, see Coagulation Guidelines for Specimen Handling and Processing in Special Instructions.

3. Centrifuge, transfer all plasma into a plastic vial, and centrifuge plasma again.

4. Aliquot plasma into a plastic vial leaving 0.25 mL in the bottom of centrifuged vial.

5. Freeze plasma immediately (no longer than 4 hours after collection) at -20 degrees C or, ideally, < or =-40 degrees C.

Additional Information:

1. Double-centrifuged specimen is critical for accurate results as platelet contamination may cause spurious results.

2. Each coagulation assay requested should have its own vial.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Coagulation Test Request (T753) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
Plasma Na CitFrozen42 days