Lead with Demographics, Blood
Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.
Preferred: Royal blue-top (EDTA) Vacutainer plastic trace element blood collection tube (Supply T183)
Acceptable: Tan-top (lead only) Becton-Dickinson tube (Supply T615) or Becton-Dickinson Microtainer (Supply T174)
Specimen Volume: 0.4 mL
1. See Trace Metals Analysis Specimen Collection and Transport in Special Instructions for complete instructions.
2. Send specimen in original tube.
1. High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.
2. If ordering the trace element blood collection tube from BD, order catalog #368381.
Forms: Lead/Heavy Metals Reporting Form (Supply T491) in Special Instructions
Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.
Mild OK; Gross OK
Mild OK; Gross OK
Mild OK; Gross reject
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.
|Whole blood||Refrigerated (preferred)||28 days|