Basic Metabolic Panel

Cleveland Heartlab B, Routine Panels, Test

CPT Code: 80048
Order Code:  C902
Includes: Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide, Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, 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 included with the provided shipping box.


Ambient (15-25°C): 8 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C): 14 days

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

Methodology: Refer to individual tests for methodology used.

Turn Around Time: 1 to 3 days

Clinical Significance: The Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) is used to check the status of a person’s kidney function and their electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as their blood glucose level

Limitations: Hemolyzed or lipemic specimens may produce false results. Refer to individual tests for preanalytical issues that may contribute to false test results.

Additional Information: Some medications may produce false results.  Refer to individual tests for medications that may increase or decrease 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.