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.
LDL(calc); HDL; Cholesterol; Triglyceride
ATTENTION: 8-12 hours of fasting is preferred for Lipid Screening. The 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines indicate fasting samples are preferred but acknowledge nonfasting samples can be acceptable.
Gold top tube (SST)
EDTA, citrate and fluoride/oxalate plasma are unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Allow gold or red top to clot for 20-30 minutes prior to centrifugation. Centrifuge serum or plasma immediately.
SHIPPING/TRANSPORT & STORAGE