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Electrolytes

Alternate names:
EL, ELEC, EUC, U&E
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
EUC
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Serum tube with gelSerum tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable
Minimum Adult Volume:
1 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
0.5 mL
Notes:

 

A request for 'electrolytes' will provide sodium, potassium, chloride, urea, creatinine and bicarbonate

 

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

Please note:

Falsely raised Potassium results can occur in patients with thrombocytosis.

If pseudohyperkalaemia is suspected - please recollect EUC in a lithium heparin tube.