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Electrolytes Panel (AMA)

Performing Laboratory

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Methodology

Profile Information:
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Potassium
Chloride Sodium

Specimen Requirements


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

Plasma

Draw blood in a green-top (lithium heparin) tube(s) from a fasting patient. Spin down, separate plasma from cells, and send 2 mL (minimum volume: 0.3 mL) of lithium heparin plasma refrigerated. Avoid hemolysis.

Note:  1. Indicate plasma on request form.

2. Label specimen appropriately (plasma).

 

Serum

Draw blood in a gold-top serum gel tube(s) from a fasting patient. Spin down, separate serum from cells, and send 2 mL (minimum volume:  0.3mL) of serum refrigerated. Avoid hemolysis.

Note:  1. Indicate serum on request form.

2. Label specimen appropriately (serum).

Reference Values

See individual test listings.

Stability

Room temp: 8 hours

Refrigerated: 4 days

Frozen: 2 months

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Available STAT

Test Classification and CPT Coding

80051

ETA

Estimated turnaround time 35 min