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Lab addresses global supply shortages

21 Nov 2021

Remedies include substitute vacutainer collection tubes

By: Cecelia Morrow, lab outreach supervisor

Global supply disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have created unprecedented challenges for the entire healthcare industry, leading to shortages of laboratory supplies, including vacutainer blood collection tubes.

To help ensure adequate supplies, clients may receive substitute vacutainer blood collection tube types, including tubes from different manufacturers or an alternate tube color. Clients may also receive limited supplies on a single order from Salem Health to help alleviate the current supply demand.

If you receive substitute vacutainer blood collection tubes, please refer to our Laboratory Test Menu online for acceptable tube types and specimen handling requirements. We also recommend clients ensure sufficient volume is collected to minimize extra sample collections whenever possible.

We understand the critical role that vacutainer blood collection tubes play in ensuring accurate diagnostic test results for your patients. As always, we are here to provide support while working through the supply shortage. Our team can be reached at 503-814-5227 (4-LABS) for additional questions and support.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times.