Blood Gas, Venous VBG
|Method(s)||Ion Selective Electrode|
|Components||pH, PCO2, PO2, O2 Saturation, Base Excess, Base Deficit, HCO3, Total CO2|
Whole Blood (heparinized syringe). Remove needle and cap syringe securely prior to transport. For non-hospitalized patients, collect one green top tube without gel (Na-hep or Li-hep).
Refer to hospital-specific Point of Care procedures for iStat and EPOC specimen collection criteria.
2 mL venous blood at room temperature.
|Remarks||Mix well by inverting. Transport to laboratory immediately. Stable for 30 minutes at room temperature. Please note time of collection, patient's temperature and oxygen therapy on the Laboratory Requisition. Results will be corrected for temperature only by request.|
|Schedule||Daily-24 hours per day|
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