Blood Gases (Arterial)
Label Mnemonic: ABG
Epic Lab Code: LAB76
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Critical Care - Relocated to Core Laboratory
6240 RCP
Whole Blood (syringe only)
Collection Medium:
Lithium/Sodium Heparin syringe
0.5 mL in Lithium/Sodium Heparin syringes ONLY. No air bubbles in syringe.
Delivery Instructions:
Deliver to laboratory immediately after collection.
Testing Schedule:
24 hrs/day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Turn Around Time:
10 minutes (upon receipt in laboratory)
Reference Range:
  Adults Pediatrics pH 7.35-7.45 7.32-7.42 (0 to 1 month) PCO2 35-45 30-40 (0 to 18 years) pO2 80-90 80-100 (1 month to 18 years) 60-80 (0 to 1 month) BE -2 to 2 HCO3 22-26 mEq/L TCO2 24-32 mEq/L Critical Care Critical Values: pH <7.20 and >7.60 pCO2 Adults <20 and >70 Peds <20 and >55 pO2 <40 Special Care Nurseries Critical Values: pH <7.25 and >7.65 pCO2 <30 and >70
Blood gas analyses and calculations assume a patient temperature of 37°C unless the laboratory is informed of a different temperature either by phone or by paper documentation if sample is hand- delivered. Any air drawn in with the sample must be expelled immediately. Samples that contain greater than 25% air to sample volume ratio will not be analyzed. All needles must be removed from the syringe before delivery.
Traditional Electrodes
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