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Test Code LAB98 Lead, Blood - Quantitative

Department

SEND OUTS

Reference Lab Test Number

LEAD

Collection Requirements

A completed lead information form must accompany sample.

Lead Information Form

Care should be used in collecting specimens to avoid contamination because lead is widely distributed in the environment.

A completed lead requisition must accompany sample.

Primary Collection Container

Royal Blue (K2EDTA) Trace Element

Alternate Collection Container

Lavender 6 mL (K3EDTA)

Transport

Whole blood refrigerated

Preferred Transport Temperature

Refrigerated

Processing

Send 1.0 mL.

Stability

Ambient: 7 days

Refrigerated: 1 month

Frozen: Not Recommended

Minimum Testing Volume

0.2 mL

Reference Range

Blood lead in children (according to CDC Classification ≤ 15 years)

Blood Lead Comment

<5 ug/dL No action required.

CDC recommendations for clinical follow up and lead level monitoring may vary depending on initial measured lead level and the child’s age. Local and state health departments also may have different recommendations for monitoring and clinical follow up. Please consult your local or state health department, or the CDC’s website regarding monitoring of lead levels in children:

cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/actions_blls.html

*Elevated levels of blood lead should be confirmed with a second specimen before remedial action is instituted.

Elevated capillary blood specimens should be repeated using a venous specimen due to possible contamination.

Adults >15 years

Blood Lead Comment

<5.0 ug/dL No action required.

CDC recommendations for clinical follow up and lead level monitoring may vary depending on initial measured lead level and the patient’s age. Local and state health departments may also have different recommendations for monitoring and clinical follow up. Please consult your local or state health department, or the following links to CDC’s website regarding monitoring of lead levels in adults:

cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ables/description.html

cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ables/pdfs/Reference%20Blood%20Levels%20for%20Adults-2015-12-18_508.pdf

Methodology

Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

Performed

Monday-Saturday

Reported

4 Days

CPT Codes

83655

Unacceptable Conditions

Clotted samples.

Additional Information

Alternate Test Number: 1000370