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* ACETAMINOPHEN

Mnemonic

ACETAM

Synonym

Tylenol® - Phenacetin® - Tempra® - Paracetamol

Guidelines

For information on when to collect specimen, please refer to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) Guidelines for Pediatrics and Adults

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one 5.0 mL gold (SST), 7.0 mL red or 3.0 mL mint green (lithium heparin, PST) top tube

Handling

Allow serum to clot completely at room temperature (minimum: SST - 30 minutes and red top tubes - 60 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL Serum/Plasma

Minimum Volume

0.25 mL Serum/Plasma (0.60 mL minimum whole blood draw)

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Grossly hemolyzed specimens

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Room Temperature (18-26°C): 14 days; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 14 days; Frozen (≤ -20°C): 45 days

Testing Information

Note

Two levels are needed to assess potential toxicity.

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

EMIT

Reference Values

Therapeutic Range

Toxic Levels

CPT Codes

80302

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:41:49 AM


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