Lithium Level

Abbrev Code:LI   
Order Code:LAB29Order Name:Lithium Level
Methodology:Bichromatic endpoint
St Joseph: Colorimetric
CPT Codes: 80178 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Green (sodium heparin, no gel), St. Joseph - Red (no gel)
Alternate Containers: Red (no gel)
Collection Instructions:Specimen should be collected at least 8 -10 hours after the last dose and preferably at the same time of day for each patient. Do not draw in Lithium Heparin (green) tube.
Causes for Rejection:Samples drawn in gel tube. Hemolyzed and icteric specimens.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot within 2 hours of collection 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Stability: Room temperature - 24 hours; refrigerated - 7 days; frozen - 6 months.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Range, UMMC-East Bank, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, Grand Itasca, St. Joseph's)


Critical Range:Grand Itasca/St Joseph: Greater than 1.5 mmol/L
All other sites: Greater than 2.0 mmol/L
Reference Range:Grand Itasca: 1.0-1.2 mmol/L
All other sites: 0.6-1.2 mmol/L
Limitations:Therapeutic: 0.60 - 1.20 mmol/L;
Potentially toxic: >1.50 mmol/L;
Severe toxicity: >2.50 mmol/L
Use:Monitoring lithium therapy.

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