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Test Catalogue

Blood Gases, Arterial Syringe

Chemistry

​​Specimen Requirements​

Type​
  • ​Whole blood
​Container
  • ​Preferred Collection Container: Syringe (calcium and electrolyte balanced)
​Collection Procedure
  • Blood must be collected from an artery
  • Air bubbles must be avoided or removed
  • To avoid clotting sample, contents in the syringe must be mixed
​Required Volume
  • ​Optimal Volume: 1 ml
  • Pediatric Volume: 0.5 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection.)
​Stability/ Storage
  • ​1 hour post collection - Delayed analysis increases the risk that test results no longer represent patient status
​Grounds for Rejection

Testing Information​ ​

Availability​
  • ​24 hours a day
Testing Site​
  • SPH, RUH, SCH
  • Rural-Humboldt
Results Reporting​
  • ​Within 15 minutes of receipt in laboratory
​Methodology
  • ​Amperometric and potentiometric assays
​Specimen Retention
  • Specimens are discarded immediately after testing
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​Oxygen
  • pH
  • pO2
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • ​Arterial blood gas with metabolites and co-oximeter – ABGM (For Laboratory Use Only)

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-183 v3

Last Modified: Friday, December 15, 2017 |
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