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, heat-inactivated and contaminated specimens are unacceptable.
SPECIMEN PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS
Allow specimen to clot for 20-30 minutes and centrifuge. If using non-gel barrier tube, aliquot 1.0 mL (minimum 0.5 mL) serum or plasma into transport tube. Specimen stable up to 48 hours refrigerated; thereafter freeze.
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