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About White Papers

The BD Life Sciences – Preanalytical Systems Library of Clinical White Papers supports the use of the BD Vacutainer® and BD Microtainer® family of products. We offer a comprehensive system of venous, capillary, and urine collection products that are optimally designed and tested for controlling preanalytical variability throughout the specimen collection and transport process.

This compilation of studies covers a vast array of analytes to document the efficacy, performance characteristics, and ease of use of our products. Unless otherwise noted, these clinical white papers have been researched and written on behalf of BD by BD associates.

The clinical white papers available through this website are for laboratory professionals within the United States and Canada only. For product support literature for areas outside the U.S. and Canada, please contact the local BD representative for your area. Other BD Worldwide Locations




BD Vacutainer® Blood Collection Tubes

BD Vacutainer® Blood Collection Tubes are supported with numerous clinical studies on a vast array of analytes to document the efficacy, performance characteristics, and ease of use of our tubes.

BD Vacutainer® Barrcior™ Tubes

BD Vacutainer® Barricor™ Lithium Heparin Plasma Blood Collection Tubes are used to collect, separate, process, transport, and store venous blood samples. The tube contains spray-coated lithium heparin and a mechanical separator to form the barrier for plasma separation. Samples processed in these tubes are used for chemistry determination, therapeutic drug monitoring, and zinc testing in plasma. BD Vacutainer® Barricor™ Tubes support an optimal centrifugation spin time of 3 minutes at 4,000 x g. They provide improved sample quality compared to plasma gel tubes by providing a fast, clean, high-quality plasma sample for improving laboratory workflow efficiency.

BD Vacutainer® Serum Tubes

BD Vacutainer® Plus Plastic Serum Tubes have spray-coated silica and are used for serum determinations in chemistry. Samples processed in these tubes may also be used for routine blood donor screening, immunohematology, and diagnostic testing of serum for infectious disease.*

* The performance characteristics of these tubes have not been established for infectious disease and immunohematology testing in general; therefore, users must validate the use of these tubes for their specific assay-instrument/reagent system combinations and specimen storage conditions.

BD Vacutainer® SST™ Tubes

BD Vacutainer® SST™ Tubes contain spray-coated silica to aid in clotting and a polymer gel for serum separation. Samples processed in these tubes are use for serum determinations in chemistry and blood donor screening. BD Vacutainer® SST™ Tubes provide an efficient means of serum sample preparation and help to improve laboratory workflow.

BD Vacutainer® Heparin Tubes

BD Vacutainer® Heparin Tubes are spray-coated with either lithium heparin or sodium heparin. Samples collected in these tubes are used for plasma determinations in chemistry.

BD Vacutainer® PST™ Tubes

BD Vacutainer® PST™ Tubes contain spray-coated lithium heparin and a polymer gel for plasma separation. Samples processed in these tubes are used for plasma determinations in chemistry. BD Vacutainer® PST™ Lithium Heparin Tubes eliminate the need to wait for a clot to form, making it an ideal tube for STAT procedures, as well as for patients receiving anticoagulant therapy.

BD Vacutainer® EDTA Tubes

BD Vacutainer® spray-coated EDTA Tubes are used for whole blood hematology determinations, immunohematology testing, and blood donor screening.*

* The performance characteristics of these tubes have not been established for infectious disease and immunohematology testing in general; therefore, users must validate the use of these tubes for their specific assay-instrument/reagent system combinations and specimen storage conditions.

BD Vacutainer® Citrate Tubes

BD Vacutainer® Citrate Tubes with 3.2% buffered sodium citrate solution are used for routine coagulation studies.

BD Vacutainer® Fluoride Tubes

BD Vacutainer® Fluoride Tubes are used to collect samples for glucose determinations.

BD Vacutainer® UltraTouch™ Push Button Blood Collection Sets

The BD Vacutainer® UltraTouch™ Push Button Blood Collection Set is engineered to minimize patient discomfort during blood collection. Pentapoint™ Comfort and RightGauge™ Ultra-Thin Wall technology reduce penetration forces by 32% without compromising on tube fill times or sample quality.

BD Vacutainer® Push Button Blood Collection Sets

The BD Vacutainer® Push Button Blood Collection Set offers a safety mechanism for split-second protection against a needlestick injury.

BD Vacutainer® Accessories

BD Vacutainer® Accessories are designed for secure and safe specimen sampling. These products offering includes direct access sampling, transfer devices, tourniquets, and alcohol swabs. These products offer convenience, ease of use, and complement the family of BD Vacutainer® and BD Microtainer® products.




BD Microtainer® Capillary Collection System

BD Microtainer® Capillary Products feature a complete system designed to provide safety, accuracy, and comfort for capillary blood sampling and collection, to meet your varying sample requirements.

BD Microtainer® Blood Collection Tubes
BD Microtainer® Contact-Activated Lancets




BD Vacutainer® Urine Collection System

BD Vacutainer® Urine Collection Products offer all the advantages of a closed system, for both patients and healthcare workers alike. Patients receive more reliable results, as there are fewer chances of false positives when urine is not overly handled. Healthcare workers derive more safety on the job because they don’t need to pour potentially contaminated urine into tubes, and efficiency of the closed system eliminates the need for re-testing and re-labeling due to preanalytical errors. The preservatives in the BD Urinalysis Tube and the C&S Tube allow for delayed testing and are in compliance with CLSI guidelines.

BD Vacutainer® Urine Collection Kits




Clinical Documentation Collections

Clinical documentation materials are collections of clinical white papers compiled by laboratory discipline to support the use of the BD Vacutainer® tubes.

Clinical Documentation: Chemistry
Clinical Documentation: Hematology
Clinical Documentation: Immunohematology
Clinical Documentation: Coagulation
Clinical Documentation: Urinalysis / Microbiology
Clinical Documentation: BD Microtainer® Tubes