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Test Code UVBG Blood Gases, Umbilical Vein, LAB2471


Potentiometric Sensors: Includes pCO2 and pH.

Amperometric Sensors: Includes pO2.

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Heparinized syringe with venous cord blood.

Specimen Volume: 150 uL venous cord blood

Stability: Samples should be placed in ice water if they can not be run within 30 min.

Collection Instructions: Specimen must be kept as anaerobic as possible.

                Cord blood samples are ordered and resulted under the mother's name and account.


Reference Values

pH: 7.28-7.40 units

pCO2: 34-48 mm Hg

pO2: 15.4-48.2 mm Hg
HCO3: 18.5-24.5 mmol/L
CO2: no reference range established

Base excess: -1.9 to +2.5 mmol/L

% O2 saturation: no reference range established

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

Umbilical cord gases are usually performed for the assessment of either the acid-base status or the respiratory oxygenation status of a newborn infant.