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Test Catalog

Test ID: VLTS    
Volatile Screen, Serum

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

This test includes analysis for methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, and acetone.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum

Additional Testing Requirements

If measurement of ethylene glycol is also needed, order ETGL / Ethylene Glycol, Serum in addition to this test.

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

Container/Tube: 

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Specimen Volume: Full tube

Collection Instructions:

1. Patient arm must be cleansed with water only.

2. Avoid exposure of specimen to atmosphere.

3. Do not aliquot serum gel tubes.

4. Centrifuge red-top tubes and aliquot serum in plastic vial within 2 hours of collection. Send serum aliquot refrigerated.

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Therapeutics Test Request (T831) with the specimen.

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)14 days
 Frozen 28 days
 Ambient 24 hours