Blood Gases, Arterial

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:

ABG

POE DESCRIPTION: ARTERIAL BLOOD GAS; ABG
CPT CODE: 82803
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes a measured pH, pO2, pCO2, and a calculated Bicarbonate, total CO2, O2 saturation and Base Excess
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 15 minutes
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Requisition must indicate source (ie, arterial) and time sample is drawn. This test cannot be added onto an existing sample.
CONTAINER TYPE:

Heparinized syringe, heparinized capillary tube

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Whole blood, arterial
REJECTION CRITERIA: Include clotted sample, needle attached to the syringe, and air bubbles in the sample.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 0.3 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Deliver specimen immediately to the lab on ice.
REFERENCE RANGE:

See Table

CRITICAL VALUES:

≤ 7.2

TEST SYNONYM(S):ABG, Arterial Blood Gases, Gases