Field Safety Notice on BD Vacutainer EDTA and lithium heparin collection tubes for lead testing

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Becton Dickinson has issued a Field Safety Notice regarding the use of EDTA and Lithium Heparin tubes for lead testing or other assays with ASV methodology following discovery that thiuram, a material found in the rubber stoppers of these tubes, can release sulphur containing gases” NHS Supply Chain (2018).

NHS Supply Chain report “Becton Dickinson has issued a Field Safety Notice regarding the use of EDTA and Lithium Heparin tubes for lead testing or other assays with ASV methodology following discovery that thiuram, a material found in the rubber stoppers of these tubes, can release sulphur containing gases.

Release of these gases can bind lead particles making it difficult for the Magellan lead test to detect the correct amount of lead in a sample.


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Users of BD Vacutainer EDTA and BD Vacutainer Lithium Heparin tubes for the purposes of lead testing are advised that these are not recommended for use with Magellan Diagnostic LeadCare assays, or other assays employing the Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV) methodology. These tubes are available via NHS Supply Chain as NPCs KFK281, KFK173, KFK326, KFK367, KFK233, KFK171, KFK286, KFK031, KFK042, KFK040, KFK277 and KFK276



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