Alcohol swabs must not be used for disinfection.
Immediatley following collection, mix sample by inverting 8 - 10 times to prevent clotting
Do not spin and do not open
Grey Sodium flouride (NaFl) tube
Lavender, green or gold:
Immediatley following collection, mix sample by inverting 8 - 10 times to prevent clotting.
Dk green heparin (Na or Li hep), no gel
Lavender (EDTA), 4mL
Gold serum separator (SST) tube
Red serum vial/tube, 5 mL
Lt green plasma separator (PST) tube
Refrigerated (preferred) - 48 hours
Ambient - 8 hours
Frozen - 1 month
Allina Health Hospitals and any affiliate sites collecting samples for this test should send them STAT, directly to HCMC, for testing.
Remote sites should follow the Process for STAT specimen to be sent from remote locations direct to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detection (GC-FID)