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What is the Difference Between Whole Blood and Serum Blood?

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What is the Difference Between Whole Blood and Serum Blood?

Hi I’m attorney Kevin Hayslett and I’m here with forensic toxicologist, Ron Bell, and the question is, “Is there a way to collect blood in, let’s say, in a medical setting, verses that of a legal, let’s say, DUI investigation setting, to ensure accurate blood alcohol results?

Ron: There are two different types of blood samples commonly referenced in forensic cases or in legal community and that is whole blood and medical blood.

  • Whole Blood: Is blood with all of its components
  • Medical Blood: References serum. Serum is a portion of whole blood and it can be thought of as the liquid portion without the solid components, such as red blood cells and white blood cells.

 

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J. Kevin Hayslettis an attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office. Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally rated in singles and doubles. You can follow Kevin onGoogle+, oron Radio IO on his show, "Kevin's Law". Kevin can also be heard on the Sirius Satellite Radio show during the "Ask the Lawyer" segment, which can be heard the first Thursday of every month.