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Laboratory Medicine

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Lactic Acid, Venous (Lactate, Venous)

Test Name

Lactic Acid, Venous (Lactate, Venous)

Green Tube Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = 1 Green Top (LiHep)

Minimum Volume = 2 ml whole blood

Pediatric: 0.3 mL Blood gas syringe

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

Specimen Handling

Collection instructions: Collect sample in heparinized green top or in a syringe. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label.

Laboratory Staff Instructions Do not spin sample.

Rejection Criteria unlabeled or Samples of non sufficient quantity .

Stability: Stable on ice for 45 Mins.

Transportation: Send sample STAT on ice to core lab as soon as possible.

Required Documentation

Turn Around Time (TAT)

10 Mins

Test Utilization


Reference Value

0.5 - 2.3 mmol/L

Critical: >5.6 mmol/L

Test code



Amperometric, enzyme-based biosensor

Testing Location


Other Information

Last Updated: September 30, 2019