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 plain, red-top tube(s). Promptly centrifuge and
send 1 mL of serum refrigerated in plastic vial.
Note: 1. Serum gel tubes are unacceptable.
2. Indicate serum on request form.
3. Label specimen appropriately (serum).
Draw blood in an EDTA lavender-top or pink-top tube(s).
Promptly centrifuge and send 1 mL of EDTA plasma
refrigerated in plastic vial.
Note: 1. Plasma gel tubes are unacceptable.
2. Indicate plasma on request form.
3. Label specimen appropriately (plasma).
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
Plain red-top, EDTA
Warm OK; 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.