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Mercury

Alternate names:
Hg
Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
HGBL
Specimen types:
Blood
Container types:
Trace metal tube ( Dark blue )Trace metal tube ( Dark blue )
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Minimum Adult Volume:
2 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
1 mL
Notes:

For specimen types other than blood consult Pathology staff.

Frequency:
Weekly
Result Turnaround Time:
7-10 days
Reference Interval:

Blood Mercury      < 50 nmol/L

Blood mercury should only be measured if an acute exposure has occurred within the last three to 20 days (1). For chronic exposure Urine Mercury is preferred.
Individuals who have mild exposure during work, such as dentists, may routinely have whole blood mercury levels up to 75 nmol/L.
For occupational exposure the total inorganic mercury in blood at end of the shift at end of work week should be less than 75 nmol/L (1).

Eating seafood may interfere with the blood test results.
Safe Work Australia. Mercury.In: Hazardous chemicals requiring health monitoring [Internet].   Safe Work Australia. 2013. [cited 2016 Aug 25]. pp 121-130. Available from:

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/765/Hazardous-chemicals-requiring-health-monitoring.pdf

 

Laboratory Use Only

SPECIMEN COLLECTION MODULE (SCM) FAQs - CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE for a consent form to perform tests not covered by Medicare

TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

CLICK HERE for Minimum Labelling Requirements

CLICK HERE for a printable Pathology request form

CLICK HERE for a Log sheet for recording Pathology results

"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

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