SALCT - Specimen: Cortisol, Saliva

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Test Name

Test ID: SALCT    
Cortisol, Saliva

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated 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.

Patient Preparation:

1. Do not brush teeth before collecting specimen.

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

Supplies: Cortisol, Saliva Collection Kit (T514)

Container/Tube: SARSTEDT Salivette (T514)

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

Specimen Minimum Volume The amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Laboratory.

0.6 mL

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









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

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