NICOTINE AND COTININE, SERUM

Test Documentation
Specimen Required
Draw blood in a plain red-top tube. Centrifuge, separate, and send 3.0 mL serum (1.0 mL minimum) refrigerated in a screw-capped plastic vial.

Alternate Specimen
Plasma: EDTA, heparin

Rejection Criteria
SST, sodium citrate

Methodology
Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Stability
Room Temperature: 7 days; Refrigerated: 14 days; Frozen: 14 days

Reference Range
Nicotine:   <2.0 ng/mL  
Cotinine:   <2.0 ng/mL  

Performed
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Turnaround Time2-3 days
Test CodeSNICO
CPT-4 Code (s)
80323 (G0480)
LOINC Codes
Nicotine   3853-9  
Cotinine   10365-5  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory