Arterial Blood Gases

Arterial Blood Gases

Test Name:   Arterial Blood Gases
Alternate Name (s):   ABG
Laboratory Module:   LAB
Ordering Mnemonic:   BGA
Specimen Type:   


Collection Container:   Heparnized syringe 5.0 ml
Container Information
Syringe for GasesSyringe for Gases
Collection Information:   Specimen to be obtained by a Respiratory Tech or Physician

Samples must be transported to the laboratory within 30 minutes of collection, if not on ice.  

Samples placed on ice slurry at collection may be transported to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection.

Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:   Routine

< 4.0 hours

Stat / Urgent

< 1.0 hours

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:    
Lab Process Notes :   Blood Gas System

PH (Arterial)
PCO2 (Arterial)
PO2 (Arterial)
HCO3 (Cal.) (Arterial)
TCO2 (Cal.) (Arterial)
BE (Arterial)
O2SAT (Cal.) (Arterial)
PH (Temp Corrected)
PCO2 (Temp Corrected)
PO2 (Temp Corrected)

Storage & Transport:   Transport to lab immediately on ice
Test Referred to :    On-site, BGH Laboratory


updated: 2014.12.10  jg

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