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Test Name: pH, Pleural Fluid

Test Code(s): PLPH / HCPLPH

CPT Code(s): 83986

Methodology: Electrode

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: Up to 30 minutes. All requests processed stat.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Pleural Fluid

Collection Container: Preferred: Radiometer PICOŽ syringe

Collection Volume: Preferred: 1.5 mL
Pediatrics: 0.5 mL

Sample Analyzed: Pleural Fluid

Volume Required: Preferred: 1.5 mL
Pediatrics: 0.5 mL

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220) immediately.  Specimen must arrive in the UWHC Core Lab within 30 minutes of collection.

Unacceptable Criteria: Clotted specimens, viscous specimens, specimens with air in the syringe, specimens past stability time are not acceptable.  

Stability: Ambient: 30 minutes
Frozen: Not acceptable


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