Acetoacetate, Serum or Plasma
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.
Submit only 1 of the following specimens:
Draw blood in a lavender-top (EDTA) or pink-top tube(s). (Plasma gel tube is not acceptable.) Spin down and send 3 mL of EDTA plasma frozen in a plastic vial.
Note: 1. Indicate plasma on request form.
2. Label specimen appropriately (plasma).
Draw blood in a plain, red-top tube(s). (Serum gel tube is not acceptable.) Spin down and send 3 mL of serum frozen in a plastic vial.
Note: 1. Indicate serum on request form.
2. Label specimen appropriately (serum).
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.
Specimens other than
Anticoagulants other than
EDTA, pink-top, heparin, plain red-top
Warm reject; Cold OK
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.
|Varies||Frozen (preferred)||4 days|