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)
Grossly hemolyzed specimens are unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Allow serum specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Centrifuge specimen and separate serum or plasma from cells into a transport tube ASAP or within two hours of collection. Freeze.
SHIPPING/TRANSPORT & STORAGE
Ship frozen (use dry ice if necessary to prevent thawing).