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Laboratory Medicine

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Test Name


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 EDTA or heparinized plasma collected with or without gel separator. Samples for triglycerides are only valid when collected after a 12 to 14 h fast. A heavy lipid meal before the fast should be avoided. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label or requisition.

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

Rejection Criteria: Gross hemolysis, lipemic Unlabeled or Not Sufficient Quantity Samples will be rejected.

Stability: Triglycerides are stable at room temperature for 8 hours, 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 / Stat - 2 hours for routine

Test Utilization

Reference Value

see Interpretation

Test Code



Spectrophotometric (Enzymatic)

Testing Location


Other Information

Last Updated: June 06, 2019