Blood Gases, Venous

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:

VBG

POE DESCRIPTION: VENOUS BLOOD GASES; VBG
CPT CODE: 82803
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes measured pH, pO2, pCO2 and calculated Bicarbonate, total CO2, O2 saturation and Base Excess
DAYS PERFORMED: Specimen accepted daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 15 minutes
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Requisition must indicate source (ie, venous) 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, venous
REJECTION CRITERIA: Include clotted sample, needles still attached to the syringe, or air bubbles in the sample.

Include clotted sample, needles still attached to the syringe, or 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):VBG; Venous Blood Gases