Electrolyte Panel

Electrolyte Panel

CPT Test code: 80051

Test Includes: Carbon dioxide; chloride; potassium; sodium
Specimen: Serum (preferred) or plasma
Volume: 2 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.8 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (send entire tube) preferred. Red-top tube or green-top (heparin) tube is acceptable if centrifuged within 45 minutes and the serum or plasma is removed and placed in a tightly-stoppered secondary tube.
Collection: Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of collection; avoid hemolysis. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.
Storage Instructions: Refrigerate
Causes for Rejection: Hemolysis; improper labeling