Whole Blood Testing


Sunquest Code:See individual codes  
Synonyms:Blood Gases
Methodology:Refer to individual test listings.
Test Includes:Whole blood testing available includes: blood gas, oxyhemoglobin, sodium, potassium, chloride, CO2, ionized calcium, glucose, lactate and hemoglobin.
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Provide FIO2 and specimen type (arterial, venous or capillary) on request form.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL (3 mL syringe); 0.2 mL (tuberculin syringe); 0.1 mL (capillary tube)
Collection Instructions:Refer to Arterial Blood Gas with Oxyhemoglobin for collection instructions. Specimen should be free of air bubbles. Deliver to laboratory immediately; if received within 20 minutes, ice is not required.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not store.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on wet ice to arrive within 2 hours. Do not send in PTS.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (UMMC-East Bank, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, UMMC NICU)


Interpretive

Critical Range:Refer to individual test listings.
Reference Range:See individual test listings.


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