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Blood Gases

Ordering information:

Please note that specimens for Arterial Blood Gas analysis CANNOT be collected at any of the Eastern Health Pathology Collection Rooms.  The requesting physician will need to organise arterial collection for outpatient requests.

Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
ABGI
Specimen types:
Heparinised syringe
Container types:
Heparinised SyringeHeparinised Syringe
Collection Instructions:

2mL Arterial blood in heparinised syringe.

Mix thoroughly, label 'urgent' and transport to laboratory immediately at room temperature

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
30 minutes
Reference Interval:

Breathing room air- Arterial blood

pH                                      7.35-7.45                      (36-44 nmol/L)

pCO2                                  34-45 mm Hg                        (4.7-6.0 kPa)

pO2                                    80-100 mm Hg                       (10.0-13.3 kPa)

Bicarbonate                       20-30 mmol/L             

Base excess                       -3.0 - +3.0 mmol/L

O2 saturation                    95-98 %

Carboxy Hb                       0.1-1.5 %

FOHb                             94.0-98.0 %

FMet Hb                            0.2-0.6 %

FH Hb                               <6.0 %

Direct Na                           135-145 mmol/L

Direct K                              3.5-5.0 mmol/L

Direct Cl                             98-108 mmol/L

Ionized Calcium                 1.13-1.32 mmol/L

Lactate                              0.5-2.2 mmol/L

Glucose                             3.0-7.7 mmol/L

Haemoglobin (direct)    135-175 g/L

Laboratory Use Only

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TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

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"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

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