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Blood Gases, Venous - Vacutainer


​​Specimen Requirements​

  • ​Whole blood
​Collection Procedure
  • Blood must be collected from a vein
  • To avoid clotting sample, contents in the vacutainer must be mixed
  • Transport sample on ice to the laboratory immediately
​Required Volume
  • ​Optimal Volume: 4 ml
  • Pediatric Volume: 1 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  • ​1 hour post collection - Delayed analysis increases the risk that test results no longer represent patient status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​ ​

  • ​24 hours a day
Testing Site​
  • Rural-Humboldt
Results Reporting​
  • ​Within 15 minutes of receipt in laboratory
  • ​Amperometric and potentiometric assays
​Specimen Retention
  • Specimens are discarded immediately after testing
​Additional Comments
  • ​pO2 and whole blood ionized calcium is NOT part of this test
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • ​BGVT (For Laboratory Use Only)


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-811 v4

Last Modified: Monday, March 16, 2020 |
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