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Ketones (Blood)

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This test is done at the patient's bedside using the Optium Blood Glucose Meter (available in all wards).   It is no longer performed as a laboratory test. Except in the case of the sample associated with a hypoglycaemic episode during a prolonged fast.

Please note that Eastern Health Policy promotes Blood Ketone testing in place of Urine Ketones.

Please click here for the policy regarding Blood Ketone testing.

Alternate names:
beta Hydroxybutyric Acid, Ketones, OH butyrate
Laboratory:
Unassigned
Test Code:
OHBUT
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
serumserum
Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
3-4 days
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

Spin, separate and freeze serum.

Transport frozen

External Laboratory:
Austin Pathology
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