BD Vacutainer® trace element and lead tubes FAQ

Answers to popular questions about BD Vacutainer® trace element and lead testing blood collection tubes.

Trace element tubes questions

What trace element analyses can be performed using BD Vacutainer trace element blood collection tubes?

We monitor for the following metals in our Vacutainer blood collection tubes: Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Manganese, and Zinc.

Can the BD Vacutainer trace element tubes be used for aluminum testing?

We have not validated any of the BD blood collection tubes for aluminum testing.

What additives are available in the BD Vacutainer royal blue stopper trace element tubes?

We offer trace element tubes with two different additives. The plastic tube contains silica particles and can be used for serum analysis. It is also available with K2EDTA, which can be used for whole blood or plasma analysis.

Lead testing tubes questions

Which BD blood collection tubes are recommended for lead testing?

Venous collection:

  • The Vacutainer K2EDTA Plus Plastic Tube with tan Hemogard™ closure (#367855)

Capillary collection:

  • The Microtainer™ K2EDTA tube with Microgard™ closure (#365974)

Can the tan top lead tube be used for a CBC?

Yes, the additive concentration in the tan top tube is the same as the lavender top EDTA tubes.