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#1 Gradstudent78

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 06:08 PM

Any tips on accurately pipetting whole blood? I need to pipette about 1.5 mL as accurately as possible. Thanks.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:18 PM

you can use a 1000 microliters micropipette, just do 2 steps with 750 microliters
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 09:35 AM

you can also post your question in the hematology section of BioForum

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 01:32 PM

If you really need accuracy (or at least repeatability) then you can weigh your samples and adjust to constant weight. This will more accurate than volume.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:50 PM

Hi, I posted this in the general forum, but it was suggested that I try reposting it here.

Any tips on accurately pipetting whole blood (actually washed red blood cells)? I need to pipette about 1.5 mL as accurately as possible. Thanks

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:47 PM

Is there something particularly difficult in pipetting washed red cells as opposed to, say, pipetting 1.5 ml of saline? If you're trying to achieve equal numbers of cells per aliquot from different samples, accurate volume is not the answer without knowing the number of cells per volume unit.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:32 PM

Is there something particularly difficult in pipetting washed red cells as opposed to, say, pipetting 1.5 ml of saline? If you're trying to achieve equal numbers of cells per aliquot from different samples, accurate volume is not the answer without knowing the number of cells per volume unit.


I think I'm losing some volume because it's viscous. I need an accurate volume because I'm using the red blood cells to dilute a standard out (1.5mL red blood cells to 1.5mL of standard).

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:52 PM

Repeat pipetting is not the way to go - errors compound. I would use a 2ml syringe or weigh it as Phage suggested.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:19 PM

you can use wide bore pipette tips or cut part of the tip off of the pipette tip to ensure that the effects of viscosity are reduced.
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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:11 AM

I think I'm losing some volume because it's viscous.


In that case, a positive displacement pipette is better than an air displacement pipette. A syringe might also be a better choice (as was suggested) if the accuracy of the graduations on a syringe is high enough (I don't know how accurate a typical syringe's markings are, nor how accurate the measurement-to-measurement reproducibility will be with a syringe).

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 01:14 AM

I use two methods for accurately pipet blood.
With a tip
First pipette the blood very slowly. When taking blood in let the piston come up slowly and wait for 20-30 seconds so you're sure the blood is in.
Then slowly push the piston down and watch very carefully if all the blood from the wall of the tip is coming down, if not you're pushing to fast. It,s a very slow proces it can take minutes.
(With a glass pipet it works the same)

Much faster is using a positive displacement pipette as mentioned before.

Weight is not a solution because the specific weight of blood is not known therfor you can't calculate the volume.
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 03:46 AM

I use two methods for accurately pipet blood.
With a tip
First pipette the blood very slowly. When taking blood in let the piston come up slowly and wait for 20-30 seconds so you're sure the blood is in.
Then slowly push the piston down and watch very carefully if all the blood from the wall of the tip is coming down, if not you're pushing to fast. It,s a very slow proces it can take minutes.
(With a glass pipet it works the same)

Much faster is using a positive displacement pipette as mentioned before.

Weight is not a solution because the specific weight of blood is not known therfor you can't calculate the volume.


Thanks everyone, I think I'm going to try the positive displacement pipette. It seems like it will be the easiest and quickest solution.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 04:57 AM

You can use the pipette of 1000 microlitre and pipette out 1000 ml blood for rest 500 ml you can set the 1000 microlitre pipette to 500 and pipette out the rest blood.It will give the accurate blood amount.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:23 PM

The use of reverse pipetting helps. Just pushed right to the 2nd stop of the pipette and draw the fluid in excess, dispense only to the 1st stop. This will accurately dispense the amount without any retention in the pipette tip.




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