Glucose, gestational screen

Alphabetical Test listing

Glucose, gestational screen-1078

Glucose, gestational screen
Jelly beans

Screening test for gestational diabetes


Allina Health provides an FDA-approved prescription glucose drink that is free from dyes and is certified kosher. An order for for an Alternative Glucose, gestational (LAB15145) must be placed by the providerif the decison is made to use an alternate source.

  • See patient preparation information on Specimen tab for more details
  • The decision to use alternate glucose source for OGTT testing, is the responsibility of the treating provider and patient and must be ordered by the provider.
  • The provider must place the appropriate Alternative Glucose, gestational  (LAB15145) and provide any instructions to the patient. Testing will be delayed if a standard OGTT order was placed and the patient comes to the lab with an alternate glucose source. 
  • The patient must bring the alternate glucose source for the test. The laboratory does not provide alternate glucose sources or give patient instructions for using alternate sources.  
  • If a patient shows up with an outside glucose drink or candy but the provider placed a standard GTT order, testing cannot proceed until the provider places the correct order.
Lithium heparin (Li hep) plasma
1.0 mL
0.2 mL
  1. Give patient 50 gm glucose dose
  2. Draw 1 hour after dose
  3. Immediately following collection, mix sample thoroughly by gentle inverting 8 - 10 times to prevent clotting

Spin within two (2) hours of sample collection


Lt green plasma separator (PST)

Sodium fluoride (Na Fl) whole blood or plasma
EDTA plasma


  1. Allow sample to clot for a minimum of 30 minutes
  2. Spin within two (2) hours of sample collection


  1. Spin
  2. Transfer the plasma to an AHL False Bottom Plasma/Serum Transport Tube labeled as the appropriate plasma type, within two (2) hours of sample collection


If a grey top tube will not reach the Central Laboratory within 24 hours of collection, it should be spun down, and the plasma transferred to an AHL False Bottom Plasma/Serum Transport Tube labeled as NaFl plasma. 

Additional testing cannot be added on to this sample.


Gold serum separator (SST) tube

Grey Sodium flouride (NaFl) or

False bottom plasma/serum transport vial/tube (AHL)



Refrigerated - 3 days

Ambient - 8 hours

NaFl whole blood:

Ambient - 3 days

  • Improper labels (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Hemolysis (some procedures)
  • Improper anticoagulant or ratio
  • Delay in transport
  • Improper storage temperature affecting results
  • Inappropriate timing of collection
  • Improper container
  • Leaking container resulting in compromised specimen
  • Quantity not sufficient (QNS)
AHL - Chemistry: C
1 day



70 - 139 mg/dL


A glucose result of >140 indicates the need for more extensive testing (i.e. 3 hr Gestational tolerance)