Name: Cortisol, Saliva
Test Name: Cortisol, Saliva
Health Link Test Code: CORTS
LIS Test Code: CORTS
If multiple specimens are required, separate order must be placed in Health Link per specimen.
Testing Site: Testing will be sent to an approved reference laboratory
Do not brush teeth before collecting specimen. Remove lipstick and lip balms. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to specimen collection. Allow at least one hour to relax before collecting the sample. High activity or excitement will increase the patient's cortisol level. Collect the specimen as directed by your health care provider. Most often, it will be a bedtime collection.
Collection Container: SARSTEDT Salivette- Blue Cap
To use the Salivette:
A. Remove top cap of container to expose the round sponge. Do NOT remove the holder that the sponge is sitting in.
B. Place sponge directly into mouth by tipping container so sponge falls into mouth. Do NOT touch sponge with fingers.
C. Keep sponge in mouth. Very gently chew and roll the sponge for approximately two (2) minutes. Spit the sponge back into the tube. Do NOT touch sponge with fingers.
D. Replace the cap. Make sure cap is on tightly.
E. On the Salivette tube, write full name, birth date, date of collection and collection time (use military time or note PM or AM).
F. Refrigerate the Salivette tube and take it to the laboratory within 24 hours.
Patient Preparation and Collection Instructions can also be found at Health Facts For You #6948.
Obtain salivettes at UWHC Client Services or UW Health blood drawing sites.
Interpretation Type: Reference Interval