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Conserving Inventory During the Global Vacuum Tube Shortage

  • Credit:1.0 ACCENT
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Date:DEC.14.2021 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Level: Basic

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Register for this webinar to learn about how healthcare institutions can address the vacuum tube shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. With your registration, you will have access to the recording on demand through December 31, 2022.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, American healthcare institutions have experienced a shortage of blue top vacuum tubes for blood sample collection because of high volume use of these tubes for coagulation tests. It is now clear that we are experiencing a far greater shortage for all types of vacuum tubes for sample collection because of limited supplies to manufacture the tubes. Most importantly, it is now clear the shortage will persist for more than one year. To address this problem, the first step is to reduce the use of vacuum tubes for sample collection to include only those truly needed for laboratory testing.

The webinar will begin with information from a manufacturer of the blood collection tubes on the expected severity and duration of the shortage. This initial segment will be followed by a 30-minute discussion with more than a dozen strategies to limit the use of vacuum tubes for blood sample collection. The webinar will also highlight the obstacles faced by leaders in the clinical laboratory to identify and enforce the necessary measures to eliminate unnecessary collection of blood samples and to improve the process of blood collection to reduce the number of occasions in which samples must be redrawn.


This activity is designed for physicians, lab supervisors, lab directors (and/or assistant directors), lab managers (supervisory and/or non-supervisory), point-of-care coordinators, pathologists, fellows, residents, in-training individuals, and other laboratory professionals.


At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the extent of vacuum tube shortages for blood sample collection and the expected duration of the shortage.
  • Establish a list of opportunities to reduce blood sample collection and thereby reduce the use of vacuum tubes.
  • Explain the likely problems experienced by laboratory leadership in providing solutions to the shortage of sample collection tubes.


Jeff AndrewsJeff Andrews, MD, FRCSC
Vice President, Medical Affairs, BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions
Sparks, Maryland

Michael LaposataMichael Laposata, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas


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Jeff Andrews, MD, FRCSC

  • Salary: BD
  • Stocks/Bonds: BD

The following faculty and reviewers reported no relevant financial relationship:

Michael Laposata, MD, PhD


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This activity is approved for 1.0 ACCENT credit(s) by AACC. Activity ID# 4021. This activity was planned in accordance with ACCENT Standards and Policies.


Verification of Participation certificates are provided to registered participants based on completion of the activity, in its entirety, and the activity evaluation. For questions regarding continuing education, please email [email protected].

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released FAQs on the blood specimen collection tube shortage.

Read the FAQs