|Also Known as (Alias)||Pradaxa|
|Indications||Testing plasma level of dabigatran, an anticoagulant. A therapeutic range has not been determined. Levels measured in patients on therapy vary widely. If assessing steady-state levels, measurement at trough is recommended.|
|Method||Dilute Thrombin Time|
|Test Information||Dilute Thrombin Time using human thrombin and pooled normal plasma used to quantitate Dabigatran (Pradaxa) in citrated plasma.|
|Sample Requirements||Whole Blood: 3.2% Sodium Citrated (blue top) OR
|Requested Volume||Two 5 ml 3.2 sodium citrated (blue top) tubes as whole blood OR
Frozen plasma in 4 X 1mL aliquots in plastic tubes
|Sample Information||Whole blood is preferred for testing but if it is not possible to send whole blood tubes TO ARRIVE HERE WITHIN 3 HOURS of collection then send frozen plasma. To prepare plasma centrifuge blue top tubes at 1500g for 15 minutes and remove the plasma and centrifuge a second time at 1500g for an additional 15 minutes. Aliquot approximately 1 ml of plasma into 4 plastic tubes, and freeze.|
|Shipping Information||Whole Blood: Send at ambient temperature (18-25C) and must be received within the lab in less than or equal to 3 hours after collection.
Frozen Plasma: send on dry ice
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|Requisition Form||RFT- Hemostasis Reference Laboratory|
|Report/ Results||Fax number required to receive report|
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