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Lab Dept:

Other Fluids

Test Name:

POTASSIUM, FLUID

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

FLK (Specify fluid type)

Synonyms:

K, Fluid; Fluid Potassium; Fluid K

CPT Codes:

84132 - Potassium

Test Includes:

Fluid potassium level in mEq/L

Logistics

Test Indications:

Useful for determining electrolyte levels in aqueous fluids.

Lab Testing Sections:

Chemistry

Phone Numbers:

Minneapolis:

Saint Paul:

 

612-813-6280

651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

1 hour

Special Instructions:

Indicate source of specimen on request form

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Body fluid (specify fluid type), ie, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid

Container:

Screw-capped, sterile vial

Draw Volume:

1 mL fluid

Processed Volume:

Same as Draw Volume

Collection:

Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only.

Special Processing:

Lab staff: Specimens must be aqueous to perform the test. Centrifuge sample to obtain a supernatant similar to serum or plasma.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Clotted specimens, highly viscous specimens, mislabeled or unlabeled specimens

Interpretive

Reference Range:

Reference values not established. Results must be interpreted in conjunction with clinical findings.

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

N/A

Methodology:

Integrated Multisensor Technology

References:

QuikLYTEŽ Integrated Multisensor insert sheet (2009-09-10) PN 717500.003 - US

Dimension RxL MAX Operator’s Guide (05/2003)

Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry3rd Edition (1999) W.B. Saunders Company

Clinical Significance Dade Behring Inc., Glasgow Business Community, Mailbox 531, P.O. Box 6101, Newark, Delaware 19714

Jacobs & DeMott Laboratory Test Handbook (2001) Lexi-Comp, Inc, Hudson, OH, 5th Edition

Updates:

8/18/2009: Turnaround time previously listed as 4 hours.



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