Nickel Serum

Sunquest Code:NICKEL  
Epic Code:LAB6900Epic Name:Nickel Serum
Methodology:Inductively coupled plasma/Mass spectrometry
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 1-3 days.

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.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:4 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL
Container:Trace Element, Serum (DB)
Collection Instructions:Collect in ARUP Trace Element-Free Transport tubes.
Patient Preparation:Diet, medication and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician).
Causes for Rejection:Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (no additive). Specimens transported in containers other than a Royal Blue (no additive) tube or Trace Element-Free Transport Tube. Heparin anticoagulant. Specimens that are not separated from red cells or clot within 2 hours.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Separate serum/plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Centrifuge and aliquot 2 mL, 0.5 mL minimum into ARUP metal-free container. Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature.
Stability:Indefinitely at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:99452


Reference Range:10 ug/L or less
Use:Serum nickel may be informative in the investigation of toxic exposure.

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