Helena MAX-ACT™ and C-ACT tubes

For Veterinary Applications
The activated coagulation time (ACT) is a rapid, simple and inexpensive in-house test that provides an in-vitro estimation of your animal’s coagulation status.The ACT assesses the time for a fibrin clot to form in fresh whole blood, after contact activation of factor XII. In particular, ACT measurement can be useful for the diagnoses of snake bites in domestic & rural animals.

MAX-ACT™ Tubes

MAX-ACT Tubes, with an upper linearity limit of 6 units of heparin per mL of blood, are ideal for monitoring patients receiving moderate to high heparin dosages. For maximum heparin specificity, MAX-ACT contains multiple particulate activators – kaolin, celite, and glass beads – that ensure maximal Factor XII activation and compensate for potential patient sensitivity to a single activator. To perform test, simply add 0.5 cc of whole blood to the MAX-ACT tube, mix and insert into the Actalyke. Results are displayed in seconds. Store tubes at room temperature.

Ordering : MAX-ACT Tubes (Gray Flip-Top), 50 tubes/box

 

Celite ACT Tubes

C-ACT Tubes contain a celite (diatomaceous earth) activator and can be used to monitor patients undergoing procedures requiring administration of moderate to high heparin concentrations. Perform testing by adding 2.0 cc of whole blood to the tube, mix, and insert tube into the Actalyke. Store Celite ACT tubes at room temperature.

Ordering : C-ACT Tubes (Black Flip-Top), 50 tubes/box

MAX-ACT™ Tubes

Use a 2mL or 1mL tuberculin syringe to obtain the blood specimen
Open the flip top of the ACT test tube
Dispense 0.5mL whole blood into the MAX-ACT tube filling it to the line indicated on the tube
Start a timer or stop watch at the same time that the blood is added to the tube
Close the flip top lid. A gentle side to side shake should be used. DO NOT AGITATE THE TUBE FROM END TO END!
Note the ACT time in seconds once clot formation is observed

Celite ACT Tubes

Use a 5mL syringe to obtain the blood specimen
Open the flip top lid of the C-ACT test tube
Dispense 2mL of whole blood into the tube or fill to the line indicated on the tube
Start a timer or stop watch at the same time that the blood is added to the tube
Close the flip top lid and shake the tube vigorously from end to end ten times to disperse the activator
Note the ACT time in seconds once clot formation is observed