Specimen Collection Requirements
Serum or Plasma, one 5.0 mL gold (SST), 7.0 mL red, 3.0 mL mint green (lithium heparin, PST) or 5.0 mL lavender (EDTA) top tube Also acceptable: pediatric serum microtainer or pediatric heparinized plasma microtainer
Allow serum to clot completely at room temperature (minimum: 30 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP.
Grossly hemolyzed specimens
AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Ambient (20-25°C): 4 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days; Frozen (at or below –20°C): 6 months
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