Whole Blood Testing

Abbrev Code:See individual codes   
Synonyms:Blood Gases
Methodology:Refer to individual test listings.
Test Includes:Whole blood testing available includes: blood gas, oxyhemoglobin, sodium, potassium, chloride, CO2, ionized calcium, glucose, lactate and hemoglobin.
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Provide FIO2 and specimen type (arterial, venous or capillary) on request form.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL (3 mL syringe); 0.2 mL (tuberculin syringe); 0.1 mL (capillary tube)
Collection Instructions:Refer to Arterial Blood Gas with Oxyhemoglobin for collection instructions. Specimen should be free of air bubbles. Deliver to laboratory immediately; if received within 20 minutes, ice is not required.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not store.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on wet ice to arrive within 2 hours. Do not send in PTS.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (UMMC East Bank, UMMC West NICU, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Critical Range:Refer to individual test listings.
Reference Range:See individual test listings.

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