Order Code: C105
ABN Requirement: No
Synonyms: CO₂; TCO₂; Bicarbonate
Volume: 0.5 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.2 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST, Tiger Top)
- 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.
Special Instructions: Submit samples in tightly capped tubes.
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): not acceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C): 6 months
Deep frozen (-70°C): 6 months
Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits
Turn Around Time: 1 to 3 days
Clinical Significance: Total carbon dioxide may be measured to identify electrolyte imbalances in individuals with acute or chronic illnesses.
Limitations: Bicarbonate content in serum or plasma stored in uncapped tubes decreases approximately 4 mmol/L after one hour. In very rare cases, gammopathy may cause unreliable results.
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