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BD Barricor™ Tube provides value for plasma and serum users


Benefits vs plasma and serum tubes

  • Reduces turn-around time:
    • By up to 7 minutes for plasma and serum users (faster centrifugation)
    • By up to 30 minutes for serum users (eliminates clotting time)
    • Reduces time-to-result by up to 37 minutes 
  • Potential to reduce sample inspection and remediation
  • Potential to reduce instrument maintenance
  • Eliminates need to draw a second tube for hydrophobic TDMs or zinc testing

Specific benefits vs plasma tubes

  • May reduce false positives (and retesting) with plasma on high-sensitivity immunoassays
  • Extends analyte stability for plasma from 24 hours to 7 days (AST, LDH, potassium, phosphate)

Comparison Data of Chemistry Separation Tubes

Validated Across Analyzers and Analytes

BD Barricor™ Tube has been validated across most common analyzers and analytes.

BD is committed to helping our customers by providing analyte data and  validation tools.

  • Routine chemistry tests
  • Immunochemistry tests
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Infectious disease (CE marked product only)

BD Barricor™ Performance vs. BD PST™

  Blood collection tube (g-force/time)
Attribute BD PST™
(1300G/10 mins, 4.5 mL)
BD Barricor™
(4000G/3 mins, 4.5 mL)
Centrifugation time 10 min 3 min
Gel globules Episodic None
Red cell adhesion occurence rate (RBC Hangup) 69% 3%
Diagnostic accuracy (average cell counts for mixed samples)
Residual White Cells1 0.768 x 103 cells/μL 0.202 x 103 cells/μL - On average 74% fewer
Residual Red Cells1 0.0090 x 106 cells/μL 0.0040 x 106 cells/μL - On average 56% fewer
Residual Platelets1
78.09 x 103 cells/μL 36.62 x 103 cells/μL - On average 55% fewer
Chemistry stability2
Less than 7 days stability for: AST, LDH, K, Phosphate 7 day stability for : AST, LDH, K, Phosphate
TDM stability3
No Claim 7 day stability for representative TDMs including hydrophobic drugs
Infectious diseases No Yes (CE marked product only)
Plasma yield 52% 43% (0.4 mL less sample)
Shelf-life 12 months 18 months

AST: aspartate aminotransferase, LDH: lactate dehydrogenase, K: potassium, TDM: therapeutic drug monitoring 

14.5 mL BD PSTTM and BD BarriorTM Tubes

2Analyte stability tested at 24 hours room temperature and additional 6 days refrigerated (2-8°C)

3Analyte stability tested at 48 hours room temperature and additional 5 days refrigerated (2-8°C)

BD Barricor™ Performance vs. BD SST™

  Blood collection tube (g-force/time)
Attribute BD SST™
(1300G/10 min, 5.0mL)
BD Barricor™
(4000G/3 min, 4.5 mL)
Clotting time/compatible with anti-coagulated blood 30 min 0 min
Centrifugation time 10 min 3 min
Gel globules Episodic None
Fibrin masses Risk when insufficiently clotted Anticoagulated specimen - no fibrin mass
Chemistry stability1
7 day stability for many analytes 7 day stability for most analytes including analytes sensitive to cellular contamination (AST, LDH, K, Phosphate) 
TDM stability2
13+ analytes, not including hydrophobic drugs 7 day stability for representative TDMs including hydrophobic drugs
Sample yield 46% 43% - (0.15 mL less sample vs serum in BD SST™ 4.5 mL)
Infectious diseases Yes Yes (CE marked product only)
Donor screening for infectious disease Yes Currently heparinized plasma is not used by blood banks for donor screening
Shelf-life 12 months 18 months

AST: aspartate aminotransferase, LDH: lactate dehydrogenase, K: potassium, TDM: therapeutic drug monitoring 

1Analyte stability tested at 24 hrs room temperature and additional 6 days refrigerated (2 - 8°C)

2Analyte stability tested at 48 hrs room temperature and additional 5 days refrigerated (2 - 8°C)

BD Barricor™ Performance vs. BD PST™ II

  Blood collection tube (g-force/time)
Attribute BD PST™ II (1300G/10 mins 4.5 mL) BD Barricor™
(4000G/3 mins, 4.5 mL)
Centrifugation time 10 min 3 min
Gel globules Episodic None
Red cell adhersion occurence rate (RBC Hangup) 69% 3%
Diagnostic accuracy (average cell counts for mixed samples)
Residual White Cells 0.516 x 103 cells/μL 0.194 x 103 cells/μL - On average 62% fewer
Residual Red Cells 0.0064 x 106 cells/μL 0.0036 x 106 cells/μL - On average 44% fewer
Residual Platelets 71.01 x 103 cells/μL 39.51 x 103 cells/μL On average 47% fewer
Chemistry stability1
Limited stability for analytes sensitive to cellular contamination 7 day stability for analytes sensitive to cellular contamination (AST, LDH, K, Phosphate) 
TDM stability2
7 day stability for most therapeutic drugs 7 day stability for representative TDMs including hydrophobic drugs
Infectious diseases No Yes (CE marked product only)
Plasma yield 52% 0.4 mL plasma loss vs. 4.5 mL BD PST™ II
Shelf-life 18 months 18 months

AST: aspartate aminotransferase, LDH: lactate dehydrogenase, K: potassium, TDM: therapeutic drug monitoring 

1Analyte stability tested at 24 hrs room temperature and additional 6 days refrigerated (2 - 8°C)

2Analyte stability tested at 48 hrs room temperature and additional 5 days refrigerated (2 - 8°C)

BD Barricor™ Performance vs. BD SST™ II

  Blood collection tube (g-force/time)
Attribute BD SST™ II 
(1300G/10 min, 5.0mL)
BD Barricor™ 
(4000G/3 min, 4.5mL)
Clotting time/compatible with anti-coagulated blood 30 min 0 min
Centrifugation Time 10 min 3 min
Gel globules Episodic None
Fibrin masses Risk when insufficiently clotted Anti-coagulated specimen - no fibrin mass
Chemistry stability1
Many at 7 days 7 day stability for most analytes including analytes sensitive to cellular contamination (AST, LDH, K, Phosphate) 
TDM stability2
13+ analytes 7 day stability for representative TDMs including hydrophobic drugs
Sample yield 0.15 mL less plasma vs. serum in BD SST™ II (4.5 mL)
Infectious diseases Yes Yes (CE marked product only)
Donor screening for infectious disease Yes Currently plasma is not used by blood banks for donor screening
Shelf-life 18 months 18 months

AST: aspartate aminotransferase, LDH: lactate dehydrogenase, K: potassium, TDM: therapeutic drug monitoring 

1Analyte stability tested at 24 hrs room temperature and additional 6 days refrigerated (2 - 8°C)

2Analyte stability tested at 48 hrs room temperature and additional 5 days refrigerated (2 - 8°C)