Electrolyte Panel

Abbrev Code:BLYTE   
Order Code:LAB4169Order Name:Electrolyte Panel
Order Instructions:Order LYTEW for whole blood specimens.
Synonyms:Sodium; Potassium; Chloride; CO2; BLYTE
Methodology:See individual test listings
CPT Codes: 80051 x1
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

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
Alternate Containers: 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  (M Health Maple Grove Clinic, 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)


Critical Range:Basic, Electrolyte and Renal Panels Critical Values and Reference Ranges
Reference Range:Basic, Electrolyte and Renal Panels Critical Values and Reference Ranges

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