Blood Gas, Arterial


Abbrev Code:BGA   
Order Code:LAB76Order Name:Blood Gas Arterial
Synonyms:ABG
CPT Codes: 82803 x1
Special Instructions:Contact Respiratory Therapy for arterial collection.

Whole blood sodium, potassium, chloride, CO2, ionized calcium, lactate and glucose may be requested on this specimen. Provide FIO2 on request form.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:0.5 mL (3 mL syringe); 0.2 mL (tuberculin syringe)
Container:Dry heparin syringe
Collection Instructions:Refer to Blood Gas with Oxyhemoglobin.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not store.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on wet ice to arrive within 2 hours. UMMC, FNMC and FLMC only: Do not send in PTS.
Stability:Whole blood potassium is stable at room temperature for 2 hours. Whole blood potassium is stable on ice/gel packs for 30 minutes.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Range, UMMC-East Bank, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, UMMC West NICU, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, Grand Itasca, St. Joseph's, St. John's, Woodwinds)


Interpretive

Critical Range:Whole Blood Testing Critical Values and Reference Ranges
Reference Range:Whole Blood Testing Critical Values and Reference Ranges
Use:
  1. Evaluate oxygen and metabolic parameters.
  2. Monitor oxygen therapy.
   


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