Common Test and Tube Types


A Guide to Clinical Laboratories Questions: Call 4LABS
(ext 45227 or 212-241-5227) 
Lab / Tube Station (TS) TEST Tube Type/ Special Instructions
Blood Bank   x46101
 TS 114
Type and Screen Pink Top: Collector must verify ID of patient, sign & date tube label and sign attestation form.
Chemistry x4LABS Icahn 8
TS 91 and 83
Blood Gas, including electrolytes Heparinized Syringe
Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)
Na, K, Cl, C02, Bun, Gluc, Ca, Creat
Gold Top Tube (No Additive)
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
BMP tests plus TBil, ALT, ALP
Gold Top Tube (No Additive)
Troponin I Green Top Tube (Heparin)
BNP Lavender Top Tube (EDTA)
Flow Cytometry  x42042      TS 83 Flow Cytometry: Leukemia, Lymphoma, CD4/CD8

Green Top Tube for all; Lymphocytes also need a 

Lavender top tube; call x42042 for more information.

Hematology  x4LABS
Icahn 8
TS 91 and 83
CBC, Platelet, Differential Lavender Top Tube  (EDTA)
APTT, PT, Fibrinogen, D-Dimer Blue Top Tube (Citrate)
Urinalysis Yellow Top Tube (No Additive)
Microbiology  x88161
Icahn 9
TS 74
HIV, HCV, HBV, CMV viral load studies PPT Pearl White Top Tube
AFB / Dimorphic fungal blood cultures (DFBC)  IsolatorTM Tubes: 7ml size for AFB/DFBC; 1.5 mL for pediatric AFB/DFBC and bone marrow
Molecular Path x89272
Icahn 9  
TS 91 and 83
Molecular Tests Lavender Top Tube (EDTA): call 89272 for more information.
Tumor Cytogenetics  x48801 Atran 2-50 APL (Fish and/or Cytogenetics for Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia) Green Top Tube: No Tube station – must hand deliver specimen to Lab

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