Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a growing trend in the medical field, especially in treating musculoskeletal injuries. PRP therapy involves extracting a patient’s blood, separating it into different components, and injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the affected area to promote healing. The blood collection tube used to extract the blood is one of the essential components of this process. This article will discuss the best blood collection tubes for PRP and which one you should choose for your practice.
BD Vacutainer SST Tubes
BD Vacutainer SST Tubes are one of PRP’s most widely used blood collection tubes. These tubes contain a gel separating the blood cells from the serum during centrifugation. This separation allows for a more concentrated sample of platelets, making it an ideal choice for PRP therapy. The SST tube is also easy to use, making it a popular choice for medical professionals.
Terumo Clot Activator Tubes
Terumo Clot Activator Tubes are another popular option for blood collection in PRP therapy. These tubes contain a clot activator, which promotes the rapid clotting of blood, making it easier to extract serum. The serum is then separated from the blood cells during centrifugation, allowing for a more concentrated sample of platelets. The Terumo tube is also an easy-to-use option, making it a favourite among medical professionals.
Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tubes
Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tubes are another excellent option for PRP blood collection. These tubes contain a clotting activator that promotes the rapid clotting of blood, making it easier to extract serum. The serum is then separated from the blood cells during centrifugation, allowing for a more concentrated sample of platelets. The Greiner Bio-One tube is also user-friendly, making it a popular choice for medical professionals.
Monovette Serum Tubes
Monovette Serum Tubes are an excellent choice for PRP therapy due to their high yield of serum. These tubes contain a clot activator that promotes rapid clotting and serum separation during centrifugation, providing a more concentrated sample of platelets. Medical professionals also prefer Monovette tubes because of their ease of use and accurate sample collection.
A: Several tubes are used for PRP, including BD Vacutainer SST Tubes, Terumo Clot Activator Tubes, Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tubes, and Monovette Serum Tubes. These tubes contain clotting activators or gels that promote rapid clotting and serum separation during centrifugation, resulting in a more concentrated sample of platelets.
Q: What color lab tube for PRP?
A: The colour of the tube used for PRP may vary depending on the type and brand of the tube. BD Vacutainer SST Tubes are typically red and grey, while Terumo Clot Activator Tubes are red and black. Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tubes are gold, and Monovette Serum Tubes are red.
Q: Can we use EDTA for PRP?
A: EDTA is not typically used for PRP. EDTA is an anticoagulant that prevents blood from clotting, which is the opposite of what PRP therapy needs. Tubes with clotting activators or gels are preferred for PRP collection.
Q: What is the best tube for PRF?
A: PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) requires a different tube type than PRP. A common tube used for PRF is the IntraSpin System, which contains sodium citrate as an anticoagulant. The sodium citrate prevents blood from clotting while maintaining the integrity of the platelets, resulting in a higher concentration of growth factors in the PRF.
Choosing the right blood collection tube for PRP therapy is crucial for a successful outcome. BD Vacutainer SST Tubes, Terumo Clot Activator Tubes, Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tubes, and Monovette Serum Tubes are all excellent options for PRP blood collection. However, the choice ultimately depends on the medical professional’s preference and the patient’s specific requirements. Consult your healthcare provider to determine which blood collection tube best suits your PRP therapy practice.