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Lab Dept:

Chemistry

Test Name:

BASIC METABOLIC PROFILE

General Information

Lab Order Code:

PR7

Synonyms:

BMP; Profile 7; Chem 7

CPT Codes:

80048 – Basic metabolic profile

Test Includes:

Sodium and Calcium, Potassium, Chloride, Total C02 reported in meq/L, Urea Nitrogen, Creatinine and Glucose reported in mg/dL. Anion gap is also reported.

Logistics

Test Indications:

A Basic Metabolic Profile is a group of tests ordered as a screening tool for conditions affecting multiple organ systems. It provide information on the general status of the kidneys, electrolyte balance, acid/base balance and blood sugar levels.

Lab Testing Sections:

Chemistry

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

4 hours or stat availability

Special Instructions:

See Collection

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Blood

Container:

Preferred: Green top (Li Heparin) tube
Alternate: Red top (plain, no gel) tube

Draw Volume:

0.6 mL blood

Processed Volume:

0.2 mL plasma/serum

Collection:

Collect venous sample anaerobically or minimize exposure to air for TCO2.

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Centrifuge specimen, remove serum/plasma aliquot into plastic sample cup. Analyze sample immediately or store at refrigerated temperatures. Once the sample is opened (uncapped), the sample must be processed within 1 hour for TCO2.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Gross hemolysis, mislabeled or unlabeled specimens, sample submitted in incorrect tube

Interpretive

Reference Range:

See individual test listings.

Critical Values:

See individual test listings.

Limitations:

Hemolysis affects many of the basic metabolic profile tests. See individual test listings.

Methodology:

See individual test listings.

References:

See individual test listings.

Updates:

8/28/2005: No longer reporting BUN/Creat Ratio.



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