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* CARBON DIOXIDE, TOTAL

Mnemonic

CO2

Synonym

CO2 - Total Carbon Dioxide - Bicarbonate - CO2T - t CO2

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. Centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cellular material within 4 hours of collection. Minimize exposure to air as much as possible.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.25 mL Serum/Plasma, (Whole blood 0.60 mL minimum draw)

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Grossly hemolyzed specimens, tubes containing potassium oxalate, sodium fluoride and sodium citrate

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Ambient (15-25°C): 24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 3 days; Frozen (at or below -20°C): 1 month

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Enzymatic

Reference Values

Reference Values

CPT Codes

82374

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:40:43 AM


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