The most common containers for blood samples are blood vacuum tubes. The blood vacuum tubes differ from other tubes because of the shape of the lid. The lid is not screwed like an ordinary lid, instead it is held tight by a rubber sealing. Normally the lid is never loosened because of the vacuum inside the tube that draws exactly the blood the tube needs when you penetrate the center of the lid with a needle. Considering the often long distance with many bumps on the way from taking the blood sample to the analyzing machine, these tubes are more secure and offer optimal control.
Blood vacuum tubes are often transported by the staff or sent through a traditional pneumatic transportation system. An alternative method of transporting blood tubes, is via the Tempus600 system designed for individual transportation of small clinical samples. The samples are sent directly from the ward to the laboratory, exactly as they are - no risk of mis-delivery, loss of samples or contamination of the system because of loose lids. Both vacuum tubes and tubes with screw lid can be used in the Tempus600 system.