Basic Metabolic Panel

Cleveland HeartLab B, Routine Panels, Test

CPT Code: 80048
Order Code:  C902
Includes: Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide, Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Calcium, and Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
ABN Requirement:  No
Synonyms: BMP
Specimen: Serum
Volume:  1.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.5 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST, Tiger Top)


  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

Transport:   Store serum at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions provided with the Cleveland HeartLab shipping box.


Ambient (15-25°C): 8 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C): 14 days
Deep Frozen (-70°C): Not Acceptable

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits

Methodology: Ion Specific Electrode (ISE) test, Photometric, Calculation. Refer to individual test for methodology used.

Turn Around Time: 1 to 3 days

Use: The Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) is used to check the status of a person’s kidneys and their electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as their blood glucose level. The BMP can also be used to monitor patients with known conditions such as hypertension and hypokalemia.

Limitations: Grossly hemolyzed or lipemic specimens may produce false results. Acetaminophen use can falsely decrease test results. Refer to individual tests for preanalytical issues that may contribute to false test results.

Additional Information: Some medications, injuries, or disease states may produce false results. Refer to individual tests for preanalytical issues that may contribute to false test results.

Refer to individual test for appropriate sample handling and testing information.

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.