MERCURY, BLOOD

Specimen Required
Draw blood in a dark blue EDTA tube. Send 4.0 mL whole blood (2.0 mL minimum) refrigerated in original tube or in a Quest trace element blood transport tube (lavender label).

Alternate Specimen
Whole blood: Dark blue heparin

Methodology
Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry

Stability
Room Temperature: 5 days; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Range
<11 mcg/L

Performed
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Turnaround Time2-5 days
Test CodeMERWB
CPT-4 Code (s)
83825
LOINC Codes
5685-3

Warde
Medical
Laboratory