Lactic Acid, Venous, Whole Blood or Plasma

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
1 mL Plasma from Grey top NaF/KOx (tube must be completely filled)

Draw specimen and send to lab as soon as possible. 
Specimen does not have to be sent on ice. 
Speicmen must be received in lab within 90 minutes of collection. 

Specimen Stability
Specimen Type Temperature Time
Plasma, NaF/KOx Ambient 90 minutes
Plasma, NaF/KOx - separated* Frozen 7 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Reject if NaF/KOx specimen is not separated and frozen.

Oxidative Bichromatic Rate or Amperometric Lactate Oxidase Enzymatic

Setup Schedule
Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Report Available
Same day

Reference Range
0.5-2.2 mmol/L

Courtesy Notification Limits (automatic call-back for first positive only, no notification needed for subsequent values): >4.0 mmol/L

Performing Laboratory
Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Laboratory
McKee Medical Center Laboratory
North Colorado Medical Center Laboratory
Summit View Laboratory
Sterling Regional Medical Center
East Morgan County Hospital
Ogallala Community Hospital

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.