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Blood Gases, Arterial - Cord Blood


​Specimen Requirements​

  • Whole blood​
  • Preferred Collection Container: Syringe (calcium and electrolyte balanced)
​Collection Procedure

  • Sample must be collected from an artery
  • ​​Air bubbles must be removed
  • Sample contents in the syringe be mixed to avoid clotting

​Required Volume
  • ​Optimal Volume: 1 mL
  • Minimum 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.)
  • ​1 hour post collection - Delayed analysis increases the risk that test results no longer represent patient status
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​24 hours a day
Testing Site​
  • ​RUH
Results Reporting​
  • Within 15 minutes of receipt in laboratory
  • ​Amperometric​ assay
​Specimen Retention
  • ​Specimens are discarded immediately after testing
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • ​BGAC (For Laboratory Use Only)


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-85 v4

Last Modified: Friday, December 15, 2017 |
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