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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Procalcitonin

Test Name

Procalcitonin

Gold Tube Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = 1 Gold Top (SST)

Minimum Volume = 2 mL serum or heparinized/EDTA plasma

Tube must fill to at least ½ or greater of its vacuum capacity

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Collect sample in gold top (SST) or heparinized green or lavender tube. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label.

Laboratory Staff Instructions: Centrifuge and seperate from cells as soon as possible.

Rejection Criteria: Grossly hemolyzed, lipemic, unlabeled or samples of non sufficient quantity. Avoid repeat freeze/Thaw cycles.

Stability: Procalcitonin is stable at room temperature up to 8 hours; at 2-8°C for 2 days or at ≤-20°C for longer periods of time.

Transportation: Send sample to core lab as soon as possible.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

STAT: 1Hr
Routine: 2Hrs

Test Utilization

Reference Value

0-12 hours post-birth < 2 ug/L

12-36 hours post-birth < 10 ug/L

36-72 hours post-birth < 5ug/L

>72 hours post-birth < 0.15 ug/L

Test Code

PRCAL

Methodology

Sandwich Immunoassay

Testing Location

SMH-Biochemistry

Other Information

Last Updated: February 10, 2020