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  PCO2 Specimen Type:
  also known as Partial Pressure, CO2

Blood


PCO2 is a member of the following panels :
Blood Gas

BLOOD GAS

Specimen requirements: 5 mL Heparinized Plastic Syringe
Reference ranges:
CATEGORY LOW   HIGH   UNITS   QUALITATIVE  
Arterial 36 46 mm/hg N/A
Venous 40 52 mm/hg N/A
Unit of measure: mm/hg
Ideal sample: 5 mL Whole Blood
Absolute minimum amount: 1 mL Whole Blood
Method of collection: Arterial or Venous puncture
Transportation: Transport to the Laboratory immediately.
Label instructions: N/A
Request test on form: Blood Gas Request/Report ( 151-865 )
Order/entry screen(s):  N/A
Stat frequency: Daily
Stat turn around time: 15 minutes from receipt.
Routine frequency: Daily
Must be in by: N/A
Routine turn around time: 1 Hour
For Thornton deliver to: Blood Gas : Processing Desk, 1st floor, Hospital,
  room 1-013
For Hillcrest deliver to: Blood Gas : General Function Laboratory, room
  2-132.
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: Ion Selective Electrode
Special Instructions: Cap syringe after removing needle. PCO2 is one component of a blood gas report that includes pH, PO2 and PCO2. Blood gases are billed as a panel that includes at least two of the following: pH, PO2, PCO2.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
  Results are Quantitative
CyberLAB abbreviation: PCOAT, PCOVT
CyberLAB code: 1492 (ART), 1493 (VEN)
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A