Blood Lead Collection Tube Shortage

On January 19, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the device shortage list to include all blood specimen collection tubes. FDA recommends health care providers, laboratory directors, phlebotomists, and other personnel consider blood specimen collection tube conservation strategies to minimize blood collection tube use and maintain quality and safe patient care for those where testing is medically necessary. Refer to FDA’s Blood Specimen Collection Tube Shortage: Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

CDC recommends the following actions to ensure children receive accurate blood lead tests.

  • Communicate with testing laboratories about appropriate specimen requirements as these may change over time.
  • Use blood collection tubes that have been manufactured specifically for trace element testing or pre-screened lead-testing tubes. Contamination in collection tubes can contribute to inaccurate results.
  • If the recommended tubes are not available, discuss acceptable alternatives with testing laboratories.