Argatroban level

Alphabetical Test listing

Argatroban level-7780

Argatroban level
Direct thrombin inhibitor
Sodium citrate (Na cit) plasma

Lt blue Sodium citrate (NaCit) - 2.7mL

If the patient has a hematocrit >55, a specially prepared Lt blue Sodium citrate (NaCit) tube must be used in place of the standard Lt blue Sodium citrate (NaCit) tube.

Hematocrit-Anticoagulant adjustments

1.5 mL

Collect specimen 8 hours post infusion start or adjustment.

Do not over or under fill tube as the ratio of anticoagulant to whole blood is critical

Coag – tube fill guidelines

Mix by gently inverting the tube 3 - 4 times

  1. Process platelet poor plasma (P.P.P)   Coag – how to prepare a specimen for special coagulation testing

  2. Separate plasma into two (2) 1 mL aliquots  and apply spot label "NaCit Plasma P.P.P"

  3. Freeze immediately

Microcentrifuge vial/tube in a Snap cap conical vial/tube and cap (Beaker sites)



Coagulation specimen transport vial/tube  (all other sites)



Frozen (strict)

Refrigerated - NO

  • Improper label (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Improper anticoagulant
  • Improperly filled tube
  • Hemolysis
  • Clotted specimen
  • Delay in transport
  • Improper storage/transport temperature
  • Patient on heparin > 1.0 IU/mL
AHL - Coagulation/Special Coagulation: V
Available at the Central Laboratory only
Same day

Chromogenic Anti IIa


Therapeutic:  0.4 - 0.6 µg/mL
Prophylactic:  0.20 - 0.30 µg/mL