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Test Code VCOL Vancomycin Level, Serum or Plasma

Additional Codes

 

Antibiotic Epic Code

Vancomycin

Lab40

 

Performing Laboratory

Bronson Laboratory Services-Chemistry

Specimen Required

Container Type:

Optimal:

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.

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided on inpatients.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerate

Specimen Stability

Specimen Type

Temperature

Time

Serum*

20-25 C

48 hours 
  2-8 C 14 days
  -20 C 12 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.

Methodology

Immunoassay

Includes a Pharmacokinetics evaluation for inpatients in Epic.

Test Classification and CPT Coding

80202-Vancomycin