Blood Gas, Venous

Abbrev Code:BGV   
Order Code:LAB79Order Name:Blood Gas Venous
Synonyms:Venous Blood Gas; VBG
CPT Codes: 82803 x1
Special Instructions:Whole blood sodium, potassium, chloride, CO2, ionized calcium, lactate and glucose may be requested on this specimen. Provide FIO2 on request form.

Collection Instructions

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 in ice/gel packs for 30 minutes.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (M Health Maple Grove Clinic, Range, UMMC-East Bank, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, UMMC West NICU, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, St. Joseph's, St. John's, Woodwinds)


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

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