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Lactate, Blood (Venous)

Tube Type

Test ID   LAB730
EPIC Order
CPT Code(s)   83605
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Core Laboratory-Blood Gas
Tube Station   31
Specimen Routine: 1 mL whole blood/Green Top Tube or SafePICO syringe; See Comments
  micro: 0.5 mL whole blood in  Syringe w/ Lyophilized Heparin (BG Kit)
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day
  STAT: Yes
Reference Range Normal: 0.5 - 1.8 mmol/L, effective 3/17/2009
  Critical: >5.5 mmol/L

Deliver immediately to Core Laboratory. Place specimen on ice if transport to Core Laboratory is anticipated to exceed 30 minutes.

Do not separate or freeze whole blood.

Venous specimens should be obtained without the use of a tourniquet. Patients should not excercise their arm or clench their fist before or during collection.  Syringes with needles attached will not be accepted.  Syringes may be obtained from Central Distribution. If collected in green top tube, minimum volume is 1 mL.

Reviewed by jcayless on December 11, 2019

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

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McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514