C-REACTIVE PROTEIN

Mnemonic

CRP

Synonym

CRP

Guidelines

Use for determining evidence of inflamation or infection.

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: 30 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Grossly hemolyzed specimens

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Ambient (20-25°C): 11 days; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 2 months; Frozen (at or below -20°C): 2 months

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week- SAGH

Method

Immunoturbidimetry

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services Laboratories

Reference Values

Reference Values

0-0.5 mg/dL

CPT Codes

86140

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:05 AM