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Lactate

Alternate names:
Lactic Acid
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
LAC
Specimen types:
Plasma
Container types:
Fluoride/oxalate tube (grey)Fluoride/oxalate tube (grey)
Collection Instructions:
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable

Keep specimen on ice, transport to testing lab within four (4) hours.

Preferred tube - fluoride/oxalate (grey topped vacuum tube)

NB: specimens collected in this tube are unsuitable for most other tests.

Acceptable tubes - Serum, or blood in a blood gas syringe, packed in ice and delivered within five minutes of collection.

Notes:

Confirm presence of acidaemia before ordering lactate.

Specimens must be collected without venous stasis.

Delayed analysis will cause falsely elevated levels.

 

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
4 hours
Reference Interval:

0.5 - 2.2 mmol/L