PO2, Arterial Blood or Venous Blood

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: PO2/A; PO2/V
CPT CODE: 86256; 86256
DAYS PERFORMED: Specimen accepted daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 15 minutes
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Keep on ice. Requisition must indicate source (ie, arterial) and whether the patient is breathing room air or receiving oxygen.
CONTAINER TYPE:

Heparinized syringe, heparinized capillary tube

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Whole blood, arterial or venous
REJECTION CRITERIA: Clotted syringe, needle attached to the syringe, and air bubbles in the sample.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 0.3 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Keep specimen on ice. Specimen must be delivered immediately to the laboratory. Keep on ice.
REFERENCE RANGE: Arterial: 1 day to 1 month: none established; 1 month to adult: 83-108 mm Hg; venous: 1 day to 1 month: none established, 1 month to adult: 25-29 mm Hg