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Test Code SALI Salicylate, Plasma or Serum

Additional Codes

Epic Code:  LAB34

Performing Laboratory

Bronson Laboratory Services-Chemistry

Specimen Required

Container Type:


Inpatient: Mint

STAT: Mint

Outpatient: Gold 

Acceptable: Red Top or Green Lithium Heparin.


Optimal Collection Volume: 

4.5 mL; Full Tube

Collection Instructions:

Gently invert sample 5-6 times after collection.

Processing Instructions: 

1. Allow serum sample to clot for 30 minutes.

2. Centrifuge specimen within 2 hours of collection.

3. Specimen tubes without a gel barrier should have the serum or plasma aliquoted to a false bottom container after centrifugation.

4. Keep serum/plasma refrigerated until testing can be performed.

Specimen Transport Temperature


Reference Values

5.0-29.9 mg/dL

Critical value (automatic call-back): ≥30 mg/dL


Note: The therapeutic range varies.  It has been reported to be 5 to 10 mg/dl for anti-pyretic/analgesic conditions and 15 to 30 mg/dl for anti-inflammatory/rheumatic fever conditions. For diagnostic purposes, salicylate results should always be assessed in conjunction with the patient’s medical history, clinical examinations and other findings.




Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Specimen Stability

Specimen Type





7 days



7 days



2 months

*Note: Heparinized plasma in gel separator tubes is less stable than serum and is only suitable for add-on testing up to 2 days following sample collection.