Pentobarbital


Sunquest Code:PENTOB  
Epic Code:LAB3669Epic Name:Pentobarbital
Synonyms:Nembutal; Sodium Pentobarbital
Methodology:Gas chromatography/nitrogen phosphorus detection
CPT Code:80345
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Fri; results are reported within 3 days.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:4 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.4 mL
Container:Red (no gel) (Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel))
Collection Instructions:Usual sampling time is immediately prior to next dose (trough).


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 2 mL, 0.6 mL minimum. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (MedTox)
Referral Lab number:90


Interpretive

Critical Range:50 ug/mL or greater. Phenobarbital concentrations as high as 50 ug/mL may be required to induce therapeutic coma.
Reference Range:1-5 ug/mL


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