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Test Catalog

Test ID: NIS    
Nickel, Serum

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum

Ordering Guidance

Urine is the preferred specimen type for determining nickel exposure and potential toxicity. Order NIU / Nickel, Urine or NICRU / Nickel/Creatinine Ratio, Random, Urine.

 

This test should not be ordered for the investigation of nickel hypersensitivity. Instead, order lymphocyte proliferation to nickel test.

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 (No Additive), 6 mL (T184)

Metal Free Specimen Vial (T173)

Collection Container/Tube: Royal blue-top (metal-free, no additive))

Submission Container/Tube: 7-mL Mayo metal-free, screw-capped, vial

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Allow the specimen to clot for 30 minutes; then centrifuge the specimen to separate serum from the cellular fraction.

2. Remove the stopper. Carefully pour specimen into a Mayo metal-free, screw-capped vial, avoiding transfer of the cellular components of blood. Do not insert a pipet into the serum to accomplish transfer, and do not ream the specimen with a wooden stick to assist with serum transfer.

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

Additional Information: If ordering the trace element blood collection tube from BD, order catalog #368380.

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

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 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
SerumRefrigerated (preferred)7 daysMETAL FREE
 Ambient 7 daysMETAL FREE
 Frozen 7 daysMETAL FREE