Electrolyte Panel, Whole Blood

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: BL
CPT CODE: 84295, 84132, 82435
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes sodium, potassium and chloride.
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 15 minutes
CONTAINER TYPE: Heparinized syringe
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Heparinized, whole blood
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL whole blood
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be kept on ice if also for blood gases.
REFERENCE RANGE: See Table
CRITICAL VALUES: Sodium: <120 mmol/L, >160 mmol/L; potassium: <2.5 mmol/L, >6.5 mmol/L