BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), has launched Microtainer MAP Microtube for Automated Process, for hematology testing. The new product is designed to improve the safety, accuracy and turnaround time of capillary blood collection and testing in patients with veins that can be difficult to access.
The BD Microtainer MAP is a microtube to be compatible with automated hematology instruments, reducing turnaround time and costs associated with sample transfer and relabeling.
The BD Microtainer MAP tube is the low-volume collection system to accommodate standard, full-size patient identification labels, thus reducing the risk of labeling errors. This feature offers an improvement over traditional microcollection tubes, which are incompatible with standard labels due to their size. This disparity can lead to dangerous labeling errors that may result in misdiagnosis and incorrect patient treatment, said the company.
The design of the BD Microtainer MAP tube enables automated processing with 81% less blood than venous systems, improving test turnaround time and laboratory efficiency. This is a critical improvement for patients from whom it is difficult to obtain a sufficient blood sample to perform critical diagnostic tests.
Tom Polen, president of Preanalytical Systems at BD Diagnostics, said: “Clinical laboratories are focused on preventing specimen identification errors that can lead to misdiagnosis of patients. We at BD are pleased to introduce the BD Microtainer MAP product to address this healthcare issue. BD is committed to continuing our history of innovation in helping improve patient safety and healthcare worker safety, while enhancing workflow efficiency.”