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)
Specimens not placed on ice after collection are unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Place specimens on ice after collection and prior to processing. Centrifuge ASAP to separate serum or plasma from red blood cells. For specimens collected in NON-GEL barrier tubes transfer serum or plasma into transport tube immediately. Refrigerate.
SHIPPING/TRANSPORT & STORAGE