Lactate, Blood (Venous)

Tube Type

Test ID LAB730
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. Acceptable tubes are Lithium Heparin-NO GEL or Sodium Heparin; See Comments
Micro: 0.5 mL whole blood in Syringe w/ Lyophilized Heparin (BG Kit)
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day
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 exercise 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 Christopher Parker on December 09, 2021

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.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514