Lactate, Plasma : 1000596

Test Code
LAC or 1000596

Alias/See Also
L-Lactate, Blood; Lactate (L-Lactate); Lactate, Blood; Lactic Acid (L-lactate)

CPT Codes

Gray top sodium fluoride tube (Fluoride is the preferred anticoagulant). Also acceptable: lavender top tube (EDTA) or green top plasma separator tube (lithium heparin). Collect blood from a stasis-free vein and store it in an ice bath.

Transport Container
Centrifuge the tube within 30 minutes of collection. Aliquot the plasma immediately after centrifugation (Min. 0.5 mL) into a standard transport tube. A delay in separation from the cells can lead to an increase in lactate values.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: 8 weeks


Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1 day

Reference Range
0.5-1.7 mEq/L

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

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