VLTB - Specimen: Volatile Screen, Blood

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: VLTB    
Volatile Screen, Blood

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

Includes methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, and acetone.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Whole blood

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.

Ethylene glycol requires a separate request. See ETGL / Ethylene Glycol, Serum.

 

Container/Tube: 

Preferred: Grey top (potassium oxalate/sodium fluoride)

Acceptable: Any anticoagulant

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not use alcohol to clean arm. Use alternatives such as Betadine to cleanse arm before collecting any specimen for volatile testing.

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

0.5 mL or amount to fill 1 tube

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

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Gross OK

Lipemia

Mild OK; Gross OK

Icterus

Mild OK; Gross OK

Other

NA

 

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
Whole bloodRefrigerated (preferred)72 hours
 Frozen 14 days
 Ambient 24 hours