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* Blood Gases, Arterial

Mnemonic

ABG

Synonym

ABG - HCO3 - Bicarbonate

Includes

pH, O2, HCO3, pO2, pCO2, Base Excess (BE)

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Arterial Whole Blood, one heparinized blood gas syringe

Handling

Collect specimen anaerobically. Blood gas syringe should be capped with no air space.

Minimum Volume

1.0 mL 

(Pediatric:  0.4 – 0.5 mL)

Transport

Transport immediately, if testing is delayed more than 30 minutes, specimen should be on wet ice.

Rejection Criteria

Specimens with syringe uncapped, with airspace, collected in tubes with benzalkonium heparin, EDTA, citrate, oxalate and fluoride

Stability

Ambient (20-25°C): 30 minutes; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 30 minutes; Frozen (at or below -20°C): Unacceptable

Testing Information

Note

Outpatient:

Arterial blood gases should be scheduled with the Cardiopulmonary department at each Legacy hospital site. Your patient should go to the hospital Patient Access department to check in.

For nonEPIC providers, please complete the referral form for Cardiopulmonary  

https://www.legacyhealth.org/for-health-professionals/refer-a-patient/referral-forms.aspx

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

1 hour

Method

Ion selective electrode (ISE), Co-oximetry, Colorimetry

Reference Values

Last Updated: Friday, March 27, 2020 07:58:14 PM


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