Abbrev Code:K   
Order Code:LAB114Order Name:Potassium
Order Instructions:Order KW for whole blood specimens.
Methodology:Roche: Indirect ion selective electrode
Vista: Indirect potentiometric
Woodwinds: ISE, diluted
CPT Codes: 84132 x1, 84132 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
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Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Collection Instructions:Chemistry Tests Containers Chart
Samples from patients with extremely high WBC may have falsely high potassium because of in-vitro cytolysis (pseudohyperkalemia). If suspected, samples should be hand-carried to the laboratory and analyzed as whole blood to minimize mechanical damage to cells. Consider collecting in red no gel to eliminate cells traveling through gel barrier.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.1 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Roche: 14 days refrigerated; indefinitely frozen.
Vista: 1 week at room or refrigerated temperature; 1 year frozen
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (CSC Maple Grove, Roche-CSC Mpls, Roche-Grand Itasca, Roche-Lakes, Roche-Northland, Roche-Range, Roche-Ridges, Roche-Southdale, Roche-St. John's, Roche-UMMC East, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, 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
Limitations:Refer to Electrolyte Panel for limitations.
Use:Evaluate potassium metabolism.

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