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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name

Lactate whole blood (POCT - StatStrip meter)

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Clean and dry the patients' scalp or hands and wipe away the first drop of blood.  

A scalp capillary sample must be tested within 3 minutes of collection.

Adult Specimen

0.6 μL capillary sample collected directly onto a Statstrip test strip.

Paediatric Specimen

0.6 μL capillary sample from scalp collected into a capillary tube.

Test Information



Test Availability

Mon - Sun, 24hrs

Laboratory Turnaround Time

14 seconds


StatStrip Lactate meter

Unit of measurement


Reference interval

Adult sample: 0.6 - 2.0 mmol/L 

Paediatric Scalp:



<4.2   mmol/L - 

Observe (repeat in 1 hour if concerned about cardiotocography)

4.2   – 4.8 mmol/L -

Repeat in 30 minutes

>   4.8mmol/L -


Uncertainty of measurement

+/- 25%

Additional Information

Lactate starts to rise within 3 minutes from sample collection, a delay in testing will cause a falsely elevated lactate result.

Minimum Volume

0.6 μL

Electronic Information

Registration Code


HL7 mapping code