Basic Metabolic Panel

Abbrev Code:BASIC   
Order Code:LAB15Order Name:Basic Metabolic Panel
Synonyms:BMP; CBASIC; CHEM 8; Electrolytes
Methodology:See individual test listings
CPT Codes: 80048 x1, 80048 x1
Test Includes:Anion gap, calcium, chloride, CO2, creatinine, glucose, potassium, sodium, urea nitrogen
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
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Panel Codes, Roche Go Live Schedule

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Collection Instructions:Chemistry Tests Containers Chart
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). Separate ASAP and store tightly stoppered. Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Roche: 40 hours at room temperature; 7 days refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Roche-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, Roche-UMMC West, 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
Use:Broad assessment of several organ systems.

Anion gap is used for diagnosis of metabolic acidosis (marked elevation). Above 30 mmol/L, gap increase is commonly secondary to lactic acidosis or ketoacidosis. Unmeasured cations include K, Ca, Mg; unmeasured anions include protein, PO4, SO4, organic acids. Reference Range: 3-14 mmol/L using a calculation:  Na - (Cl + CO2).

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