Mercury, Whole Blood MERCB
|Method(s)||Atomic Absorption/Inductively Coupled Plasma-/Mass Spectrometry|
One 7 mL royal blue (K2EDTA) top tube.
|Transport||7 mL whole blood at 20-25°C in the original collection tube (preferred). (Min: 1 mL)|
Collection to initiation of testing: Mercury is volatile; concentration may reduce after seven or more days of storage. Refrigerated: Acceptable
|Unacceptable Conditions||Heparin anticoagulant.|
|Notes||Elevated results from noncertified trace element-free collection tubes may be due to contamination. Elevated concentrations of trace elements in blood should be confirmed with a second specimen collected in a tube designed for trace element determinations, such as a royal blue (Na2EDTA) tube.|
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