Blood Gas, Arterial Cord

Sunquest Code:BGCDA  
Epic Code:LAB4562Epic Name:Blood Gas Cord Arterial
Synonyms:Cord Blood Gas
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL (3 mL syringe); 0.2 mL (tuberculin syringe); 4 inch segment of cord tissue (clamped)
Container:Dry heparin syringe
Collection Instructions:Specimen should be free of air bubbles. Deliver to laboratory immediately; preferably within 30 minutes; ice is not required. Alternatively, within 60 minutes is acceptable.

Processing and Shipping

Shipping Instructions:none
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Range, Lakes, Ridges, Northland, Southdale, UMMC NICU, Grand Itasca, St. John's, Woodwinds)


Critical Range:pH less than 7.16
Reference Range:
pH 7.16-7.39
pCO2 35-71 mm Hg
pO2 3-33 mm Hg
HCO3 16-24 mmol/L
Base Excess -9.6 to 2.0 mmol/L

Evaluate oxygen and metabolic parameters. Monitor oxygen therapy. Base Excess: Positive values indicate a relative deficit of noncarbonic acids; negative values (base deficit) indicate a relative excess of noncarbonic acids.



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