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)
Plasma is unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Allow specimen to clot for 20-30 minutes and centrifuge. If using a non-gel barrier tube, separate serum into a transport tube.
SHIPPING/TRANSPORT & STORAGE
Ship frozen. If testing will be performed within 24 hours after specimen collection, then specimen may be shipped refrigerated.