IVD Test Reagent/Kits, Hematology, Coagulation, Activated Clotting Time

Definition : Hematology reagents used to determine the intrinsic clotting activity of the whole blood (i.e., activated clotting time [ACT]). The test is usually performed by adding the whole blood to a test tube or cartridge containing a surface activator. The formation of a clot in a tube that is kept at normal body temperature (about 37 degrees Celsius/98.5 degrees Fahrenheit) determines the ACT value which depends on the activator. Both automated point-of-care analyzers and, less frequently, manual procedures are used to perform the test. ACT coagulation tests are intended to monitor the effect and/or to regulate the administration of high-dose unfractionated heparin before, during, and shortly after procedures (usually surgical) that require intense anticoagulant administration. Dedicated ACT tests using particular reagent activators (e.g., Celite, kaolin, glass) are available.

Entry Terms : "Activated Clotting Time Hematology Reagents" , "Activated Coagulation Time Hematology Reagents" , "Heparin Monitoring Activated Clotting Time Reagents" , "Heparin Monitoring Activated Coagulation Time Reagents"

UMDC code : 32962

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