Potassium, Plasma

Supply # 38435 Lithium Heparin Vacutainer

Test Code:11014

CPT Code(s): 84132

Includes: Potassium

Methodology: Ion Selective Electrode (ISE)

Clinical Significance: False elevations of potassium may be due to hemolysis or rupture of platelets during coagulation process. The use of plasma potassium levels should be limited to those patients with spuriously elevated or depressed potassium levels due to blood samples left at room temperature, in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia with very high WBC counts (false decline), and those with thrombocytosis (increased platelets) with counts in excess of one million (false elevation).

Alternative Name(s): Not applicable

Collection Guide: 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Separate plasma from cells promptly.

Supply: 38435 Lithium Heparin Vacutainer

Preferred Specimen: Plasma

Preferred Volume: 2mL

Transport Container: Lithium Heparin (Green Top) tube

Transport Temperature: Room Temperature

Specimen Stability: Room Temperature: 7 days

Rejection Criteria: Serum or anticoagulamt other than lithium or sodium heparin

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

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