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Blood Test Information

minimum sample volume required ~ 5ml

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Test Code: CO2

Tube type: SST

Other acceptable tube types
Lithium heparin (pale green)

Special instructions
Adult sample tubes MUST be AT LEAST half full for analysis to take place.
Due to stability issues, analysis must take place as soon as possible following sample uncapping. Bicarbonate will therefore NOT be added retrospectively.

Reference range
22 - 29


Turnaround Time
1 day

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
Venous bicarbonate may be useful in assessment of acid-base balance. Part of "R3" profile for renal paediatric investigation.


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