Specimen: 2 mL (1 mL min.) serum from 1 SST. Ship refrigerated or frozen.
Stability (Room): 8 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 72 hrs
Stability (Frozen): 4 weeks
Method: Enzymatic endpoint
Comment: Also see BLOOD GAS ANALYSIS.
Price: Contatc Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 5 hrs
Usage: Bicarbonate is the largest fraction contributing to the Total carbon dioxide. It is increased in cases of Compensated respiratory acidosis and Metabolic alkalosis. The levels are lowered in cases of Compensated respiratory alkalosis and Metabolis acidosis.
Disease: Electrolyte Imbalance
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: No special preparation required