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Test ID: HMDB    
Heavy Metals Screen with Demographics, Blood

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

See Porphyria (Acute) Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Whole blood

Necessary Information

If not ordering electronically, the Lead and Heavy Metals Reporting (T491) form is required. Send with specimen.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation: High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.

Supplies: Metal Free B-D Tube (EDTA), 6 mL (T183)

Container/Tube: Royal blue-top (EDTA) plastic trace element blood collection tube

Specimen Volume: Full tube

Collection Instructions:

1. See Trace Metals Analysis Specimen Collection and Transport in Special Instructions for complete instructions.

2. Send specimen in original collection tube.

Additional Information: If ordering the trace element blood collection tube from BD, order catalog #368381.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

Lead and Heavy Metals Reporting (T491) in Special Instructions

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.3 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
Whole bloodRefrigerated (preferred)28 days
 Ambient 28 days
 Frozen 28 days