Lead, Blood Venous

Sunquest Code:PBCFM  
Epic Code:LAB6973Epic Name:Lead Venous Blood Confirmation
Synonyms:Lead Blood Screening
Methodology:Inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 1-5 days.
Special Instructions:Medical laboratories performing blood lead analyses must report the results of all blood lead tests to the Minnesota Department of Health. A completed form must be sent with each sample. See Associated Links.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Associated Links:

ARUP Patient Demographics Form

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:7 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Trace Element, EDTA (DE)
Collection Instructions:
Venipuncture is the method of choice for collection of blood lead specimens, because it is less subject to contamination from the skin surface than capillary collection.
Causes for Rejection:Serum. Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (K2EDTA or Na2EDTA) or tan (K2EDTA). Heparinized or clotted specimens. Capillary pediatric EDTA collection tubes. Frozen samples.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not centrifuge, whole blood. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship whole blood at room temperature.
Stability:Indefinitely at room temperature or refrigerated if stored in an appropriate (metal free) container.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:20098


Critical Range:Less than 19 years of age: Greater than 44.9 ug/dL; 19 years of age and older: Geater than 69.9 ug/dL
Reference Range:0.0-4.9 ug/dL
Use:Evaluate lead toxicity.

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