Order Code: C2351
ABN Requirement: No
Volume: 1.0 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.3 mL
Container:Red Top (no gel barrier) tube
- Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
- Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
- Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
- Centrifuge for 10 minutes.
- Aliquot serum into labeled transport tube and cap tightly.
- Store transport tube frozen at -20°C until ready to ship.
Special Instructions: Sample should be drawn between 5 and 7 hours after the last dose of digoxin. Record the time of the last dose of digoxin on the requisition.
Transport/Shipping Instruction: Store aliquoted serum at -20°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions provided with the Cleveland HeartLab shipping box.
- Please note:ship frozen aliquoted serum on dry ice.
Ambient (15-25°C): Not Acceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 24 hours
Frozen (-20°C): 1-2 weeks
Deep Frozen (-70°C): 1-2 weeks
Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits
Methodology: Kinetic Interaction of Microparticles in a Solution
Turn Around Time: 2-3 days
Use: Testing for digoxin is performed to evaluate and monitor drug levels in individuals receiving digoxin therapy, or individuals with a cardiac diagnosis for whom no accurate history on digoxin usage exists.
Limitations: Therapy with cardiac glycosides, such as digitoxin, may cause unreliable results. Falsely elevated results may occur if sample is not drawn at the specified time post administration of the drug.
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