Sunquest Code:CHOL  
Epic Code:LAB60Epic Name:Cholesterol
Methodology:Polychromatic endpoint
St. Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds: Enzymatic
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

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)
[Alternate Containers: Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel), St Johns/St Joseph/Woodwinds - Red (no gel)]
Patient Preparation:Please do not eat 10-12 hours before your appointment if you are coming in fasting for labs on lipids, cholesterol, or glucose (sugar). This does not apply to pregnant women.
Water, tea or black cofee (with nothing added) is okay. Do not drink other fluids, diet soda or chew gum.
If you have concerns about taking your medications, please send a message by clicking on Secure Messaging, Message Your Care Team.
Causes for Rejection:Specimen not separated from cells within 8 hours.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Separate serum/plasma from red cells within 2 hours of collection. Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Stability: Refrigerated - 7 days; frozen - 3 months.
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, Grand Itasca, St. Joseph's, St. John's, Woodwinds)


Reference Range:
Site Cholesterol  
Grand Itasca All ages < 200 mg/dL
SJO/SJN/WW 0-1 y None
2-17 y < 170 mg/dL
18 y & older < 200 mg/dL
All other sites 0-1 y None
2-19 y <170 mg/dL
borderline high: 170-199 mg/dL
High: ≥200 mg/dL
20 y & older <200 mg/dL
Use:Evaluate lipid levels. Monitor lipid lowering therapy. New practice guidelines issued by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) are available at

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