Electrolyte Panel


Sunquest Code:BLYTE  
Epic Code:LAB4169Epic Name:Electrolyte Panel
Order Instructions:Order LYTEW for whole blood specimens.
Synonyms:Sodium; Potassium; Chloride; CO2; BLYTE
Methodology:See individual test listings
Test Includes:Anion gap, chloride, CO2, potassium, sodium
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Medical necessity for this panel is supportable by a single ICD9 code.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Green (lithium heparin, gel), St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds-Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Dry heparin syringe (Capillary (lithium heparin) gas tube, Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel), St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds - Red (no gel))
Collection Instructions:Do not allow patient to clench/unclench hand.
Causes for Rejection:Specimen not separated from cells within 2 hours of collection (4 hours for Home Health specimens).


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Process within 2 hours (4 hours for Home Health specimens). Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, Range, UMMC-East Bank, Oxboro Bloom, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, St. Joseph's, St. John's, Woodwinds)


Interpretive

Critical Range:Chemistry Panel Reference Ranges and Critical Ranges  
Reference Range:Chemistry Panel Reference Ranges and Critical Ranges  


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