Test Catalog

Test ID: BFBL    
Bilirubin, Body Fluid

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Body Fluid

Ordering Guidance

For bilirubin testing on amniotic fluid specimens, order AFBIL / Bilirubin, Amniotic Fluid. Testing will be changed to AFBIL if this test is ordered on amniotic fluid specimens.


For bilirubin testing on urine specimens, order UBILU / Bilirubin, Random, Urine. Testing will be changed to UBILU if this test is ordered on urine specimens.

Shipping Instructions

Ship specimen in amber vial to protect from light.

Necessary Information

1. Date and time of collection are required.

2. Specimen source is required.

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

Supplies: Amber Frosted Tube, 5 mL (T192)

Preferred Source:

-Peritoneal fluid (peritoneal, abdominal, ascites, paracentesis)

-Pleural fluid (pleural, chest, thoracentesis)

-Drain fluid (drainage, JP drain)

-Pericardial fluid

Acceptable Source: Write in source name with source location (if appropriate)

Collection Container/Tube: Sterile container

Submission Container/Tube: Opaque, amber vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Centrifuge to remove any cellular material and transfer into an amber vial to protect from light.

2. Indicate the specimen source and source location on label.

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

0.5 mL

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

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus OK
Anticoagulant or additive, amniotic fluid, breast milk, saliva, sputum, cerebrospinal fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) or bronchial washings, colostomy, ostomy, gastric secretions, nasal secretions, urine, feces, vitreous fluid, or synovial fluid Reject

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
Body FluidFrozen (preferred)70 daysLIGHT PROTECTED
 Refrigerated 14 daysLIGHT PROTECTED