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.
Red top tube (clot activator)
Nonfasting specimens, icteric or severly hemolyzed specimens are unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Allow specimen to clot for 20-30 minutes. Centrifuge and separate serum into a plastic transport tube, FREEZE.
SHIPPING/TRANSPORT & STORAGE
Ship frozen (use dry ice if necessary to prevent thawing).