Lead, Blood

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: LEAD <16 years
POE DESCRIPTION: LEAD; PB
CPT CODE: 83655-90
TURNAROUND TIME: 1-3 working days
CONTAINER TYPE:

Tan top (K2EDTA) tube (Vacutainer #367855) - preferred or Lavender top (EDTA) tube

COLLECTION:

Collection material such as alcohol swabs should be lead-free.  Use powder-free gloves or rinse the powder off with tap water.  For capillary collection, wash hands thoroughly with soap and dry with clean, low-lint towel.  Once washed, fingers must not come into contact with any surface, including the other fingers.  Clean skin prior to venipuncture with the lead-free alcohol swab.  Avoid hemolysis.  Avoid worksite collection.

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS:

3 mL whole blood

MINIMUM VOLUME:

0.5 mL whole blood

REFERENCE RANGE:

See Quest Diagnostics - Search Test Code - 599

Laboratory is required by state law to report Lead levels of  >10 µg/dL on pediatric patients > 25 ug/dL to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

TEST SYNONYM(S):Pb, Blood