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* NEONATAL ELECTROLYTES

Mnemonic

NEO LYT

Synonym

PEDS PANEL 3 - NEONATAL LYTES PANEL

Includes

Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Chloride and Total Bilirubin

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; also acceptable: one plain or lithium heparin microtainer tube

Handling

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

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): 24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 3 days; Frozen (≤ -20°C): 1 month

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

1 hour

Method

Ion Selective Electrodes, Colorimetry

Reference Values

Reference Values

Critical Values

CPT Codes

Sodium: 84295, Potassium: 84132, Chloride: 82435, Calcium: 82310, Total Bilirubin: 82247

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 02:11:28 PM


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