Nicotine and Metabolite, Drug Level
Label Mnemonic: NICO
Epic Lab Code: LAB3714
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
Collection Medium:
Red top tube 5 mL (Clot Activator) Red top tube 5 mL (Clot Activator)
Collect TWO full red top tubes.

Recommended Minimum: 4.0 mL serum
Absolute Minimum: 1.0 mL serum
Rejection Criteria:
Specimens exposed to repeated freeze/thaw cycles. Serum separator tubes and plasma/whole blood from light blue (sodium citrate).
Turn Around Time:
4 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
Interpretive Data:
1. Drugs and analytes covered: nicotine, cotinine (metabolite), 3-OH- cotinine (metabolite).
2. Positive cutoff: 2 ng/mL

The absence of expected drug(s) and/or drug metabolite(s) may indicate non-compliance, inappropriate timing of specimen collection relative to drug administration, poor drug absorption, or limitations of testing. The concentration value must be greater than or equal to the cutoff to be reported as positive. Interpretive questions should be directed to the laboratory.

For medical purposes only; not valid for forensic use.
No gel separator tubes.
Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry
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