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Test Code PLCH7 Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP), LAB15


Profile Information:  
Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) Creatinine
Calcium Glucose
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Potassium
Chloride Sodium







Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred:  Mint Green-top (lithium heparin) tube-Hemolyzed specimen or sodium heparin tube is not acceptable.

Acceptable:  Green-top tube, gold-top serum gel tube or plain, red-top tube

Specimen: 0.2 mL of lithium heparin plasma or serum

Collection Instructions: For glucose testing a fasting specimen is preferred. Tube should be kept capped as much as possible to avoid decreasing the CO2 concentration.  Immediate testing is preferred.

Note: Elevated platelets can cause a falsely elevated serum potassium level because of the release of potassium during clotting process. Specimens from patients with elevated platelet counts must be drawn in a heparinized plasma tube.

Reference Values

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Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding