Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

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  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Name of Test
VIP, Plasma
Alternate Names
010397 LC, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide
SoftLab Order Code
Epic Order Name
Epic Order ID
Additional Test Information
Requires a Traysol Kit.

Obtain kit from the laboratory

Using a chilled 6-mL lavender-top (EDTA) tube taken from the kit, collect a whole blood specimen. Mix the specimen several times by inverting the EDTA collection tube. After removing the cap from the EDTA draw tube, take one of the sterile, Beral pipettes (from under the gray foam), and add 0.25 mL Trasylol® to the EDTA tube. Recap the EDTA tube and invert several times to mix well. Centrifuge the EDTA tube to separate the plasma from the cells, and immediately transfer the plasma into one of the brown screw-cap transfer tubes provided in the kit. There should be a "Trasylol® Added" label affixed to the brown transfer tubes. Cap and freeze the labeled transfer tube containing the EDTA plasma with Trasylol® added.
Sample Type
Collection Container
Lavender (EDTA) - Traysol Kit required
Collecting Volume
4.0 ml
Minimum Collecting Volume
1.5 ml
Storage or Stability
Causes For Rejection
Sample not collected with Trasylol®; sample not submitted in tube with Trasylol label, gross hemolysis; recently administered radioisotopes; specimen not received frozen; serum, sodium citrate, or heparinized plasma specimen; lipemia
Contact 919-350-8242 to obtain a kit from Phlebotomy
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