Feb 6, 2017




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Lactate (GM2255) Blood Gas Lab Test

Name: Lactate

Test Name: Lactate

Health Link Test Code: GM2255

LIS Test Code: LACT

CPT Code(s): 83605

Methodology: Electrode

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: Less than 30 minutes.

Specimen: Arterial, venous, or capillary

Collection Container: Radiometer PICO® syringe

Also Acceptable: 2 full Radiometer capillary tubes, Green cap with yellow ring (PST), Green top

Collection Instructions:

Must be free of bubbles and clots.

Collection Volume: 1.5 mL

Pediatric Collection Volume: 0.5 mL

Stability Ambient:

Whole Blood: 30 minutes; Plasma: on cells 30 minutes and off the cells 4 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

Plasma - 4 hours off the cells

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Sample Analyzed: Whole Blood or Plasma

Testing Volume: 1.5 mL

Pediatric Testing Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Transport:

Transport specimen to Laboratory immediately. 

Unacceptable Criteria:

Clotted specimens and specimens past stability time are not acceptable.


0 days and up:  0.0 - 2.0 mmol/L

Interpretation Type: Reference Interval

Critical Calls: yes