Sample Type Change for Lithium Drug Levels

Effective Monday, March 12, 2012, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) core laboratory is changing the preferred collection medium for "LITHIUM DRUG LEVEL" [LAB29] from red top tube to pink top tube (EDTA).  This is to reduce number of rejected specimens due to clotted specimens.

The specimen type is pink top (EDTA) tube - 3 mL whole blood from one pink top tube (adults) or TWO EDTA microtainers (pediatric patients). The test will be available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week (including holidays) with a turnaround time of 1 hour upon receipt in laboratory.

Questions should be directed to Matthew Krasowski, MD, PhD, medical director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (384-9380,