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Test Code SQ VBGZ, EPIC LAB79 Gases, Venous, Blood


Potentiometry, Optical pO2, and Spectrophotometry

Performing Laboratory

Meriter Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Specimen must arrive within 15 minutes of draw or <2 hours if kept on ice unopened.


Specimen Type: Venous whole blood


Preferred: Green top (lithium heparin, no gel)

Acceptable: Light-green top (lithium heparin gel) (Inpatient only)

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions: Place tube in wet ice immediately after draw, and send original tube on wet ice.

Specimen Transport Temperature

On wet ice

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding