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Test ID: SALCT    
Cortisol, Saliva

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Saliva

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.

Container/Tube: SARSTEDT Salivette (Supply T514)

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Do not brush teeth before collecting specimen.

2. Do not eat or drink for 15 minutes prior to specimen collection.

3. Collect specimen between 11 p.m. and midnight, and record collection time.

4. To use the Salivette:

a. Remove top cap of container to expose swab.

b. Place swab directly into mouth by tipping container so swab falls into mouth. Do not touch swab with fingers.

c. Keep swab in mouth for approximately 2 minutes. Roll swab in mouth, do not chew swab.

d. Place swab back into its container without touching, and replace the cap.

5. Record collection time, and send appropriately labeled Salivette to laboratory.

Additional Information:

1. Reference values are also available for 8 a.m. (7 a.m.-9 a.m.) and 4 p.m. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.) collections, however, 11 p.m. to midnight collection is preferred.

2. Indicate collection time.

3. If multiple specimens are collected, submit each vial under a separate order.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.

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.

0.6 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
SalivaRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 60 days
 Ambient 7 days