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Electrolytes

Test Name: Electrolytes
Alternate Description: Lytes
LIS Code: LYTES
Lab Section:

Chemistry

Fluid Type:

Plasma

Minimum Volume:

0.4 ml whole blood in a Gel Green Microtainer

Test Includes:

Sodium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide, Potassium, and Anion Gap

Specimen Tube Type Transport:

Gel Green Top

Container (Whole Blood Required):

4 ml whole blood in a Gel Green Top

Specimen Stability:

See individual tests.  Samples are saved for 3 days.

Specimen Transport:

Refrigerate

Availability:

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Stat Availability:

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Test Turnaround Time Routines And Stats:

R 4 hours, S 1 hour

Specimen Preparation (In House):

Spin and refrigerate until analysis

Specimen Preparation (Outreach):

Spin ASAP after collection.  Refrigerate until courier pickup.

Reference Value:

See individual tests for normal ranges