Lab Test

Copper, RBC

Test Codes

Warde: CURBC, EPIC: LAB6518, Beaker: XCOPR

Department

Send Outs

Specimen Collection Criteria

DUE TO A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF DARK BLUE EDTA TRACE ELEMENT TUBES, WARDE LAB IS TEMPORARILY ACCEPTING LAVENDER EDTA TUBES.

Collect: One Lavendar-top EDTA tube.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Centrifuge to separate red blood cells from plasma within 2 hours of collection. Discard the plasmas. Transfer red blood cells to a metal free plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F). Please label tube ”Packed RBC’s.”

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: 0.5 mL red blood cells, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum: 0.3 mL)

Rejection Criteria

  • Frozen specimens.
  • Clotted specimens.
  • Grossly hemolyzed specimens.
  • Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.

In-Lab Processing

Centrifuge to separate red blood cells from plasma within 2 hours of collection. Transfer red blood cells to a metal free plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F). Discard the plasma. Please label tube ”Packed RBC’s.”

Transport: 0.5 mL red blood cells, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum: 0.3 mL)

Storage

Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 10 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 10 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Send Outs Laboratory with any questions.

Laboratory

Sent to Warde Medical Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI. Forwarded to Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute of Valencia, Valencia, CA.

Performed

Sunday, Wednesday, Friday.
Results available in 6-8 days.

Reference Range

By report.

Test Methodology

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry.

CPT Codes

82525
LOINC:  5630-9

Contacts

Last Updated

11/28/2022

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