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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Protein Total, Serum

Test Name

Protein Total, Serum

Gold Tube Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = 1 Gold Top (SST)

Minimum Volume = 1 ml serum

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

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Serum or heparinized plasma collected with or without gel separator. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label or requisition.

Laboratory Staff Instructions Separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection

Rejection Criteria: Gross hemolysis, unlabeled or Not Sufficient Quantity samples will be rejected.

Stability: Stable in serum or plasma at room temperature for 8 h, refrigerated for 1 week and for 1 month at -15°C to -20°C.

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

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

1 hour for Trauma or Stat
2 hours for routine

Test Utilization

Reference Value

60 - 80 g/L

Test Code



Spectrophotometric (Biuret reaction)

Testing Location


Other Information

Last Updated: June 06, 2019