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Potassium, Arterial (Blood Gas)

Specimen Type

Test ID   LAB5304
EPIC Order
  POTASSIUM, WHOLE BLOOD
CPT Code(s)   84132
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Core Laboratory
Tube Station   31
Specimen Routine: 1.0 mL in 3cc syringe w/lyophilized heparin in BG Kit or SafePICO syringe Comments
  micro: 0.5 mL in TB syringe w/lyophilized heparin in BG Kit or full capillary tube Comments
Availability Routine: 24 hrs/day
  STAT: YES 
Reference Range Normal:  See comment below
  Critical: Age: 29 days-adult:<2.7 or >5.8 mmol/L
Age: 0-28 days: <2.7 or >6.0 mmol/L
ED Critical: <2.7 or >6.3 mmol/L
     
Comments

Deliver Immediately to Core Laboratory - on ice if >30mins.
Syringes with needles attached will NOT be accepted
.
Syringes may be obtained from Central Distribution.

Green top (Heparin) tubes are acceptable; minimum volume 1.0 mL if collected in 7 mL tube.


Reference Ranges:  Whole Blood Potassium (effective 2/10/2009)
Age Ranges (mmol/L)
0-28 days 3.4-5.4
29-365 days 3.8-4.9
1-17years 3.1-4.3
>18 years 3.4-4.6

Reviewed by gcrawford on December 20, 2017

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

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