Hemoglobin A1c, Point of Care

Sunquest Code:POC4  
Epic Code:LAB5728Epic Name:Hemoglobin A1c
Synonyms:Glycohemoglobin; Glycated Hemoglobin; Glycosylated Hemoglobin; HbA1c; GLYHB; HgbA1c
Methodology:Reflectometry and colorimetry
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported in the clinic.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL (tube)
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.5 μL
Container:(Purple (EDTA))
Collection Instructions:Collect fresh capillary whole blood by fingerstick. Alternatively, collect venous whole blood.
Contraindications:Not useful more often than at 4-6 week intervals. Low hemoglobin may cause falsely decreased results. Once the glass capillary is filled with a 1.5 μL blood sample, analysis must begin within one (1) minute. If the blood remains in the glass capillary for more than one (1) minute before beginning the test, reject the sample for testing. Do not analyze hemolyzed or coagulated samples.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not centrifuge. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship refrigerated to arrive within 7 days of specimen collection.
Stability:Whole blood with anticoagulants may be stored for 10 days refrigerated (2°-8°C).
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Point of Care  (University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-West Bank, Fairview Ridges - FRH, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center)


Reference Range:
Normal <5.7%
Pre-Diabetes 5.7-6.4%
Diabetes 6.5% or greater
Use:Assess glycemic control in all people with diabetes mellitus.

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