EXPECTED TURNAROUND TIME
(TAT is the interval starting when a specimen and order are received in the laboratory and ends with release of the test result.) In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary. In the event that reflex testing is performed TAT turnaround times can be extended.
Gold top tube (SST)
Lipemic, hemolyzed, heat-inactivated and contaminated specimens are unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Allow red top to clot for 20-30 minutes. Centrifuge specimen and separate 1.0 mL (minimum 0.5 mL) serum or plasma into transport tube and refrigerate
SHIPPING/TRANSPORT & STORAGE