We collected blood samples from 94 adult non-hematological outpatients and inpatients for complete blood count (CBC) without any flagging at Kaohsiung Medical College Hospital in order to investigate the effect of (1) different anticoagulants with Na2 EDTA vs K3 EDTA (2) the underfilling of blood collection volume (2 ml, 3. 5 ml vs standard 5 ml) (3) the difference in storage stability between 1 hour, 4 hours, 8 hours and 12 hours after venesection at room temperature on some selected hemogram parameters (WBC, RBC, hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, platelet, percentage of neutrophil and lymphocyte). The automated hematology analyzer we used was SYSMEX NE-8000, (TOA, Japan). All the EDTA collection vacutainer tubes were supplied by Becton-Dickinson (New Jersey, U. S. A.) with the same lot number. Paired t- test was used for statistics. We found that values of hemoglobin, hematocrit, MCV and lymphocyte percentage collected in Na2 EDTA tubes were significantly higher than those collected in K3 EDTA (P < 0.05 for hemoglobin and lymphocyte percentage, and P all < 0.01 for others), while values of MCHC collected in Na2 EDTA were significantly lower than those collected in K3 EDTA (P < 0.05). For underfilling of blood sample, values of hematocrit and MCV with 2 ml blood volume were significantly lower than those with 5 ml blood volume (both P < 0.01), while values of MCHC with 2 ml blood volume were significantly higher than those with 5 ml blood volume (P < 0.01). When the collection blood volume was increased to 3.5 ml, there were no significant difference between values for 3.5 ml and 5ml blood volume (P all > 0.05). In the storage stability study, there was a significant sequential increase of hematocrit and MCV between 1 hour, 8 hours and 12 hours (P < 0.05 and < 0.01, respectively, for 8 hours, P all < 0.01 for 12 hours). There was also a significant sequential decrease of neutrophil percentage between 1 hour and 4, 8, 12 hours' storage at room temperature (P all < 0.01).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Paired blood samples were collected from the ear and radial vein of four captive healthy adult black rhinoceroses (Diceros bicornis). Samples were collected using heparin or ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as an anticoagulant. Packed cell volume (PCV) and total protein (TP) values were compared between samples drawn from the two venipuncture sites and treated with the two anticoagulants to determine whether statistically significant variation occurred. No significant difference in the grouped values was observed when venipuncture sites (ear and radial vein) were compared using the same anticoagulant (heparin). However, when comparing different anticoagulants (EDTA and heparin) used to collect blood from the radial vein, the grouped-heparinized samples had higher mean PCV and TP values than did the EDTA-treated samples. These differences may be important when performing serial sampling in a sick rhinoceros and suggest that the choice of anticoagulant should be consistent, although selection of venipuncture site may be less important when monitoring selected hematologic values in black rhinoceroses.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 04/2003; 34(1):59-64. DOI:10.1638/1042-7260(2003)34[0059:EOVSAA]2.0.CO;2 · 0.42 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In 2003 and 2004 we examined 182 shellfish samples according to the present applicable rules. The sam- ples were tested for the presence of Salmonella and enumeration of Escherichia coli with the methods recommended by European Community. More then 90 % of samples fulfilled the veterinary conditions about placing live shellfish on the mar- ket, concerning the level of 230 E. coli in 100 g of flesh. We detected the presence of Salmonella at 0.5 % of samples. That represents a rare but possible occasional appearance of this bacteria in shellfish. Concerning other contaminants that may cause poisoning by shellfish consumption, like pathogenic strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Norovirus or hepati- tis A virus, a lot of studies have been done, in a view to prepare new microbiological criteria for foodstuffs in Europe. It is now well recognised that bacterial indicators of faecal pollution (E. coli and faecal coliforms) do not adequately indicate the presence of enteric viruses. Another problem is that depuration process is more effective in removing E. coli and col- iforms than viruses from shellfish.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Delayed sample analysis is not a rare circumstance in clinical and laboratory practice, especially when blood samples are shipped to distant centralized laboratories, when the analysis can not be readily performed, or when retesting is appropriate. In this study we sought to evaluate the stability of conventional and new hematologic parameters in blood specimens stored for as long as 24 hours at 4 degrees C. Of the 21 hematologic parameters tested with the use of the Advia 120 hematologic analyzer (Bayer Diagnostics), means for paired samples of specimens differed significantly over the 24-hour storage period for hematocrit, main corpuscular volume, percentage of macrocytes, platelet count, main platelet volume, reticulocyte count and percentage, and reticulocyte hemoglobin content (all P < .01). We noted no significant changes in the other parameters tested or in the white blood cell differential. The overall distribution of the immature reticulocytes fractions remained substantially unchanged, though the high staining-intensity fraction showed a considerable shift from the baseline measure. Bland-Altman plots and limits-of-agreement analysis showed mean biases between -4.8% and 37.2% and relative coefficients of variations ranging from 0.4% to 32.7%. The 95% agreement interval in the set of differences was satisfactory and almost within the current analytic-quality specifications for desirable bias. The results of this investigation suggest that, within certain limitations for parameters derived or calculated from cellular volumes, blood specimens stored for as long as 24 hours at 4 degrees C may be suitable for hematologic testing.
Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 12/2005; 146(6):333-40. DOI:10.1016/j.lab.2005.08.004 · 2.80 Impact Factor
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