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Acanthamoeba

  • Test Name: Acanthamoeba
  • Laboratory: Microbiology External
  • Specimen Type: Corneal Scraping, Contact lens.
  • Specimen Container: Sterile universal container, contact lens holder
  • Specimen Requirements: Referred to external test site
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: N/A
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Acetaminophen (paracetamol)

  • Test Name: Acetaminophen (paracetamol)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Take sample 4 hours post-ingestion for initial toxicity screening
  • Other details: For interpretation in overdose refer to paracetamol treatment normogram
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 1 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

ACTH

  • Test Name: ACTH
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: EDTA + aprotinin
  • Specimen Container: Pink
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Send sample to lab within 30 minutes.
  • Other details: Specimen containers available from the biochemistry lab.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time

  • Test Name: Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT)
  • Laboratory: Haematology
  • Specimen Type: Trisodium Citrate
  • Specimen Container: Blue
  • Specimen Volume: 3ml
  • Specimen Requirements: Inadequately filled tubes cannot be used.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 1 working day Urgent <2 hours
  • Phone alert limits: >70 seconds (not on heparin)
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:  Samples should ideally be processed within 4 hours of collection. Samples taken from patients on unfractionated heparin must be analysed within 1.5 hours of phlebotomy. Please send to the lab ASAP.

 

Activated Protein C Resistance (APCR)

  • Test Name: Activated Protein C Resistance (APCR)
  • Laboratory: Haematology
  • Specimen Type: Trisodium Citrate
  • Specimen Container: Blue
  • Specimen Volume: 3 x 3 ml or 6 x 3ml for full Thrombophilia screen
  • Specimen Requirements: Inadequately filled tubes cannot be used.
  • Other details: Refer to guidelines for thrombophilia screening on the UHW Lab User manual website
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Samples are frozen and done in batch analysis
  • Turnaround Time: 4-6 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:  Samples should ideally be processed within 4 hours of collection.  Please send to lab ASAP.

 

Adenovirus

 

  • Test Name: Adenovirus
  • Laboratory: Microbiology
  • Specimen Type: Faeces
  • Specimen Container: Sterile universal container (with/without spoon)
  • Specimen Volume: 1-2g (Spoonful)
  • Specimen Requirements: Specimens received in boric acid containers are not suitable for testing. Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 1 day
  • Phone alert limits: Positive rotavirus and adenovirus are phoned to the requesting clinician
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

ADH (vasopressin)

  • Test Name: ADH (vasopressin)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: EDTA
  • Specimen Container: Purple
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Send sample to lab within 30 minutes.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alanine amino transferase (ALT)

  • Test Name: Alanine amino transferase (ALT)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4 mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 2 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits: >800 U/L
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Albumin

  • Test Name: Albumin
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Corrected calcium is added to all low albumins (less than 35g/L)
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 2 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Albumin/Creatinine Ratio

 

  • Test Name: Albumin/Creatinine Ratio
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Urine
  • Specimen Container: Sarstedt Urine Z bottle (yellow cap)
  • Specimen Volume: 3.2 mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Boric acid containers are unsuitable (red top)
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 1 working day
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alcohol

  • Test Name: Alcohol
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Plasma and/ or Random urine
  • Specimen Container: Grey topped tube and/ or Universal Container (white cap)
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml Blood and/or 25mls Urine
  • Specimen Requirements: Do not use alcohol wipes. Boric acid containers are unsuitable (red top)
  • Other details: Results are not suitable for medicolegal purposes. Road traffic alcohols must be sent directly to the Public Analyst, Galway with the appropriate fee.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Aldosterone

  • Test Name: Aldosterone
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
    • Send to Laboratory Immediately
    • Must be separated and frozen within 4 Hours 
    • Indicate Posture on sample and request form
  • Other details: If standing and lying samples are available, both are referred.
  • Frequency of analysis/ must be separated and frozen within 4 hours of collection Isay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alk. Phos. Isoenzymes

  • Test Name: Alk. Phos. Isoenzymes
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Please specify if pregnancy-specific isoenzymes are required.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alkaline Phosphatase (Alk)

  • Test Name: Alkaline Phosphatase (Alk)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Age specific reference ranges.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 2 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alpha 1 Antitrypsin

 

  • Test Name: Alpha 1 Antitrypsin
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Phenotype

  • Test Name: Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Phenotype
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Alpha Fetoprotein

 

  • Test Name: Alpha Fetoprotein
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: 
  • Other details: Please Note AFP values of a patients sample can vary depending on the testing procedure used.  It is important to use the same laboratory test method when monitoring therapy.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 working days
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: 7 days

 

Aluminium

 

  • Test Name: Aluminium
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Plasma
  • Specimen Container: Navy Blue
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Do not use gel tubes.
  • Other details: Specimen containers available from the biochemistry lab.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Amikacin

 

  • Test Name: Amikacin
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Processed at designated times; Weekdays: 12am and 4pm. Weekend: 12am only Clearly indicate dosage/collection times.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 2 hours from designated times.
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Amino Acids

 

  • Test Name: Amino Acids
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Plasma and/or urine
  • Specimen Container: Paed orange top and/or universal container (white top)
  • Specimen Volume: 2mls blood and/or 10mls urine
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Ideally should examine plasma and urine at the same time. Provide full clinical details including feeding and drugs.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

Aminolaevulinic

  • Test Name: Aminolaevulinic
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Urine
  • Specimen Container: Universal container (white top)
  • Specimen Volume: 10 mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Protect sample from light. Use a black bag or tin foil.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Aminophylline (Theophylline)

  • Test Name: Aminophylline (Theophylline)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Specimen should be taken prior to the next dose.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 2 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Amiodarone (Cordarone)

  • Test Name: Amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Send sample to lab within 30 minutes.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Ammonia (Paediatrics only)

  • Test Name: Ammonia
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: EDTA - ON ICE
  • Specimen Container: Red top paediatric sample
  • Specimen Volume: 1.5mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Ammonia testing is available to Paediatrics only.  Inform Biochemistry laboratory prior to taking the blood.  (Inform by telephoning ext 8044 between 9am and 5pm,  outside of these hours Bleep the Medical Scientist on call in Biochemistry) Sample on ICE MUST BE BROUGHT DIRECTLY to the Biochemistry laboratory - DO NOT leave the sample at specimen reception.  Sample MUST be in the laboratory within 10 minutes of collection.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: On request from Paediatrics
  • Turnaround Time: 1 hour
  • Phone alert limits: All results >68umol/L will be phoned to paediatrics
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: Sample MUST be brought to Biochemistry directly on ICE within 10mins of collection

 

Amoebic infection

 

  • Test Name: Amoebic infection
  • Laboratory: Microbiology/ Serology External
  • Specimen Type: Faeces / Pus for microscopy.
  • Clotted Blood for External serology
  • Specimen Container: Sterile universal container with/without a spoon, clotted blood bottle (yellow), (white paediatric).
  • Specimen Volume: Faeces 1-2g (spoonful). At least 1ml of pus. 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric).
  • Specimen Requirements: N/A
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Serology referred to external test site.
  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 days for microscopy. 7-10 days for external serology
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Amylase

 

  • Test Name: Amylase
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 2 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits: >500 U/L
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 Andrology - Refer to Semen Analysis

Androstendione

 

  • Test Name: Androstendione
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Angelmans

  • Test Name: Angelmans
  • Laboratory: Misc External Referral
  • Specimen Type: Lithium Heparin
  • Specimen Container: Green
  • Specimen Volume:
  • Specimen Requirements: In a case of this suspected syndromes, samples for both molecular genetics testing and chromosome
  • Other details: Dr McDevitt and Dr.BartonNational Centre for Medical Genetics, O.L.H.S.C Crumlin, Dublin 12
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time:
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

 

  • Test Name: Angiotensin Converting Enzyme
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Appropriate clinical details must be provided.
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Antenatal Blood Group & Screen

 

  • Test Name: Antenatal Blood Group & Screen
  • Laboratory: Blood Transfusion
  • Specimen Type: EDTA
  • Specimen Container: Pink
  • Specimen Volume: 6ml
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Once complete the sample is not held for any subsequent testing. Samples with irregular antibodies present may be referred to external laboratories.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Routine: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: Routine: 2 working days turnaround times will be significantly increased if specimens are referred to external site. Allow 14-21 days
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

Antibodies of Mature Onset Diabetes in the Young (MODY)

Test Name: Antibodies of Mature Onset Diabetes in the Young
Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
Specimen Type: Serum
Specimen Container: Yellow
Specimen Volume: 4mls
Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
Other details: N/A
Frequency of analysis/ assay: As requested
Turnaround Time: 17 days
Phone alert limits: N/A
Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti-Factor Xa

 

  • Test Name: Anti Factor Xa
  • Laboratory: Haematology referral test
  • Specimen Type: Trisodium Citrate
  • Specimen Container: Blue
  • Specimen Volume: 3 x 3ml
  • Specimen Requirements: Used to monitor Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) therapy. Details of LMWH in use must be provided.
  • Other details: Send samples to Haematology Lab ASAP for separation and freezing for transport.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 2 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: Samples should ideally be processed within 4 hours of collection

 

Anti-Streptolysin O titre (ASOT)

 

  • Test Name: Anti Streptolysin O titre (ASOT)
  • Laboratory: Serology
  • Specimen Type: Clotted Blood Specimen (yellow), (white paediatric).
  • Specimen Container: Yellow, White.
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric).
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 1 day
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-21 Hydroxylase Adrenal Antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti-adrenal antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As requested
  • Turnaround Time: 20 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti-acetylcholine receptor

 

  • Test Name: Anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies(AChR Ab.)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As Required
  • Turnaround Time: 42 days
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-adrenal antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-adrenal antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As Required
  • Turnaround Time: 12 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Also known as anti-NMO-IgG antibodies
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As Required
  • Turnaround Time: 19 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

 

Anti-B2-Glycoprotein 1 antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-B2-Glycoprotein 1 antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: The following tests are recommended for the investigations of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.  Lupus Anticoagulant ( 3 x coag. samples to Haematology Lab), Anti Cardiolipin and Anti β2 Glycoprotein I antibodies ( 1 x clotted sample to Histology Lab). Separate request forms are required.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-carbonic anhydrase antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-carbonic anhydrase antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Includes Lactoferrin
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As Required
  • Turnaround Time: 24 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

 

Anti-cardiolipin antibodies (CLA)

 

  • Test Name: Anti-cardiolipin antibodies (CLA)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum or Lithium Heparin
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: The following tests are recommended for the investigation of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome: Lupus Anticoagulant ( 3 x coag. samples to Haematology Lab). Anti Cardiolipin and Anti β2 Glycoprotein I antibodies ( 1 x clotted sample to Histology Lab).  Separate request forms are required.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-centromere antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-centromere antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Anti-dsDNA antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-dsDNA antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Test only performed in response to positive Anti-Nuclear antibody test. Threshold for reflex testing is positive +2 ANA result (Homogenous/Nucleolar/Speckled pattern) in patients aged 21 years and over, and positive +1 ANA result (Homogenous/Nucleolar/speckled pattern) in patients aged 20 years and younger. Confirmatory testing by the Farr method is available for request for one month after testing for all positive dsDNA antibody results.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Weekly
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-endomysial IgA antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-endomysial antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. 
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Test only performed if Tissue Transglutaminase result is positive or borderline (i.e. greater than or equal to 7.0 U/ml)
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti-endomysial IgG antibodies

  •  Test Name: Anti-endomysial antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Test only performed if Immunoglobulin A is low or deficient
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti-ganglioside antibodies (GM1 & GQ1B)

 

  • Test Name: Anti-ganglioside antibodies (GM1 & GQ1B)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:As required
  • Turnaround Time: 49 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-glomerular basement membrane antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti-glomerular basement membrane antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: GBM screening test is performed in house, if a positive result is suspected the sample is referred externally for confirmation. Emergency testing in St. James Hospital or Beaumont Hospital can be organised by medical team.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Screening test daily
  • Turnaround Time: Screening test: 2 days. If positive confirmatory test: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits: All confirmed positive GBM antibody tests are phoned to requesting clinician.
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed.
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-Hepatitis B titre

 

  • Test Name: Anti-Hepatitis B titre
  • Laboratory: Serology
  • Specimen Type: Clotted Blood Specimen.
  • Specimen Container: Yellow, white (paediatric).
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric).
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: Vaccination history required for testing
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 1 day
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-histone antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-histone antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-insulin antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-insulin antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Send specimen to laboratory within 3 hours of sample collection as freezing of serum is required for testing.
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 14 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-intrinsic factor antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-intrinsic factor antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-islet cell antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-islet cell antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-Jo-1 antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-Jo-1 antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:Test only performed in response to positive ENA screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-liver kidney microsomal antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-liver kidney microsomal antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Performed as part of autoantibody screen
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti-mitochondrial antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-mitochondrial antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Performed as part of Autoantibody screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp - 1 day, stability at 4-8 degrees - 7 days.

Anti-muscle specific kinase antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti-muscle specific kinase antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 42 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-myelin associated glycoprotein

 

  • Test Name: Anti-myelin associated glycoprotein
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 19 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-myeloperoxidase antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-myeloperoxidase antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Emergency testing in St. James Hospital or Beaumont Hospital can be organised by medical team.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Screening test: 2 days. If positive confirmatory test: 6 days.
  • Phone alert limits: All confirmed positive anti-MPO tests are phoned to requesting clinician.
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As requested
  • Turnaround Time: 14 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti Neuronal Antibodies (Paraneoplastic antibodies: Anti - Hu; Ri; Yo)

  • Test Name: Anti Neuronal antibodies (Paraneoplastic Antibodies:Anti-Hu; Ri; Yo))
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:As requested
  • Turnaround Time: 28 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies ANCA (Includes Anti Myeloperoxidase and Anti Proteinase 3 antibody assay)

 

  • Test Name: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed.
  • Other details: ANCA screening test is performed in house if a positive result is suspected the sample is referred externally for confirmation and Anti -MPO and Anti-PR3 antibody assay. Emergency testing in St. James Hospital or Beaumont Hospital can be organised by the medical team.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Screening test daily
  • Turnaround Time: Screening test: 2 days. If positive confirmatory test: 6 days
  • Phone alert limits: All confirmed positive ANCA tests are phoned to requesting clinician.
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: 1 day, stability at 4-8 degrees: 7 days.

Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA)

 

  • Test Name: Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Sample will be tested for Anti dsDNA antibodies and Anti ENA antibodies if ANA test is positive. Threshold for reflex testing is positive +2 ANA result (Homogenous/Nucleolar/Speckled pattern) in patients aged 21 years and over, and positive +1 ANA result (Homogeneous/Nucleolar/Speckled pattern) in patients aged 20 years and younger.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: 1 day. Stability at 4-8 degrees: 7 days.

 

Anti-ovarian antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-ovarian antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As requested
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-parathyroid antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-parathyroid antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As requested
  • Turnaround Time: 31 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-parietal cell antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-parietal cell antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Performed as part of Autoantibody Screen
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-phospholipase A2 receptor antibodies (PLA2R)

  • Test Name: Anti-phospholipase A2 receptor antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 21 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

Anti-phospholipid antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-phospholipid antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Performed as part of anti-cardiolipin antibody Test
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-pituitary antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-pituitary antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Frozen sample within 4 hours of phlebotomy
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 38 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-proteinase 3 antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-proteinase 3 antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Emergency testing in St. James Hospital or Beaumont Hospital can be organised by medical team.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Screening test: 2 days. If a positive confirmatory test: 6 days
  • Phone alert limits: All confirmed positive anti-PR-3 tests are phoned to requesting clinician.
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 


Anti-RNP antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-RNP antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Test only performed in response to positive ENA screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-Scl 70 antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-Scl 70 antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Test only performed in response to positive ENA screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-skin basement membrane

 

  • Test Name: Anti-skin basement membrane antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 12 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-skin epithelial intercellular antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-skin epithelial intercellular antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 12 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-SM antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-SM antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:Test only performed in response to positive ENA screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-smooth muscle antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-smooth muscle antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Performed as part of Autoantibody Screen
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-sperm antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-sperm antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Test can be done on female serum only but results are less useful than if all the fluids are used i.e. Male 0.5ml serum + 0.5ml seminal fluid. Female 0.5ml serum + 0.5ml cervical mucus.
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Send sample to the lab within 15 mins as freezing of serum is required for test
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 17 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-SSA antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-SSA antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details:Test only performed in response to positive ENA screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-SSB antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-SSB antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: Test only performed in response to a positive ENA screen.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-striated muscle antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-striated muscle antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 19 days
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Anti-testicular antibodies

 

  • Test Name: Anti-testicular antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Antithrombin

  • Test Name: Antithrombin
  • Laboratory: Haematology
  • Specimen Type: Trisodium Citrate
  • Specimen Container: Blue
  • Specimen Volume: 3 x 3ml or 6 x 3ml for full Thrombophilia screen
  • Specimen Requirements: Inadequately filled tubes cannot be used.
  • Other details: Refer to guidelines for thrombophilia screening on the UHW Lab User manual website
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Samples are frozen and done in batch analysis
  • Turnaround Time: 4-6 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: Samples should ideally be processed within 4 hours of collection.  Please send to the lab ASAP

Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry Referred Test
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Indicated to asses the risk of interference with thyroglobulin estimation in thyroid cancer patients. Repeat test not processed one year. 
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time:  3 weeks
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability:

Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details: Indicated in newly diagnosed thyroid disease including; thyroid failure, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, patients with thyroid cancer and suspected post-partum thyroiditis in at-risk females.  Repeat tests not processed within one year.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Daily, repeat testing not performed within one year.
  • Turnaround Time: 3 working days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies

  • Test Name: Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Twice weekly
  • Turnaround Time: 6 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-TSH receptor antibodies (TRAb)

  • Test Name: Anti-TSH receptor antibodies (TRAb)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: If the patient is taking food supplements containing Biotin or Vitamins B7, B8 or H, blood sample must be >8 hours post last dose. If patient is taking any medication containing high doses of Biotin, blood sample must be > 1 week post last treatment.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 8 days
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:N/A

 

Anti-voltage gated calcium channel

  • Test Name: Anti-voltage gated calcium channel antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 56 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/a
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Anti-voltage gated potassium channel

  • Test Name: Anti-voltage gated potassium channel antibodies
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab. External
  • Specimen Type: SERUM
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the lab is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: As required
  • Turnaround Time: 28 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Arterial Blood Gas

  • Test Name: Arterial Blood Gas
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Arterial blood: Pre heparinised blood gas syringe.
  • Specimen Container: Syringe
  • Specimen Volume: 2mls
  • Specimen Requirements: Bring sample immediately to the biochemistry lab. Do not allow air to be mixed in the specimen or trapped in the syringe
  • Other details: Needle must not be left on the syringe. Request form and specimen must be labelled.
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 30 mins. (If transported directly to lab)
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

Ascitic Fluid (Ascities) see Fluids (from sterile sites).

Aspergillus Antibodies

  • Test Name: Aspergillus Antibodies
  • Laboratory: Serology External
  • Specimen Type: Clotted Blood Specimen
  • Specimen Container: Yellow, white (paediatric)
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric).
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Referred to external test site
  • Turnaround Time: 7-10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Aspirin (salicyclate)

  • Test Name: Aspirin (salicyclate)
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 1 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

AST

  • Test Name: AST
  • Laboratory: Biochemistry
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: Routine - 2 working day Urgent <3 hours
  • Phone alert limits: >800 U/L
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

Atypical pneumonia see also Urinary Antigen Testing

  • Test Name: Atypical pneumonia see also Urinary Antigen Testing
  • Laboratory: Serology External
  • Specimen Type: Clotted blood
  • Specimen Container: Yellow, white (paediatric)
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric)
  • Specimen Requirements: Both acute and convalescent specimens (7-10 days interval) should be sent to detect the rising antibody titre. Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: Test incorporates Chlamydia group, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Coxiella burnetii (Q-fever).
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Referred to external test site.
  • Turnaround Time: 7-10 days
  • Phone alert limits: N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Autoantibody screen (AAS)

  • Test Name: Autoantibody screen (AAS)
  • Laboratory: Autoantibody Lab.
  • Specimen Type: Serum
  • Specimen Container: Yellow
  • Specimen Volume: 4mls
  • Specimen Requirements:
  • Other details:
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay:
  • Turnaround Time: 2 days
  • Phone alert limits:
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp:

 

Avian Antibodies

  • Test Name: Avian Antibodies
  • Laboratory: Serology External
  • Specimen Type: Clotted Blood Specimen
  • Specimen Container: Yellow, white (paediatric).
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric).
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: N/A
  • Frequency of analysis/ assay: Referred to external test site
  • Turnaround Time: 7-10 days
  • Phone alert limits:N/A
  • Preanalytical stability at room temp: N/A

 

Avian Precipitans

  • Test Name: Avian Precipitans
  • Laboratory: Serology External
  • Specimen Type: Clotted Blood Specimen
  • Specimen Container: Yellow, white (paediatric).
  • Specimen Volume: 4ml clotted blood (1.5ml paediatric).
  • Specimen Requirements: Refrigerate if delivery to the laboratory is delayed
  • Other details: Referred to external test site
  • Turnaround Time: 7-10 days