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Laboratory Information

Test Name

Bicarbonate (actual)

External Price (excl. GST)

Price

$11.67

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Remove 6 times the volume of the catheter as waste prior to collecting the blood sample from an arterial line.

Adult Specimen

Whole blood (arterial or venous). 1.5 mL collected into a 3 mL heparinised blood gas syringe, capped with filter cap. Remove air immediately after collection by expelling through the filter cap. Mix for 20 seconds. Must be analysed within 30 minutes.

Paediatric Specimen

0.5 mL blood collected into a 1 mL heparinised blood gas syringe, capped with filter cap. Remove air immediately after collection by expelling through the filter cap. Mix for 20 seconds. Must be analysed within 30 minutes.

Sample Delivery to Lab

Ambient.

Test Information

Department

Biochemistry and POCT

Test Availability

Mon - Sun, 24hrs

Laboratory Turnaround Time

30 minutes

Method

Blood gas analyser

Unit Of Measurement

mmol/L

Minimum Volume

0.7 mL in a 3 mL syringe, 0.3 mL in a 1 mL syringe.

Electronic Information

Registration Code

BICA

HL7Mapping Code

$BICA

LOINC Code

1959-6