Specimen Requirements

Title

LEAD, WHOLE BLOOD (ADULT)

Specimen Requirement

1mL Royal blue-top (EDTA) tube. Care should be used in collecting specimens to avoid contamination because lead is widely distributed in the environment. 

 

Methodology

Atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) or inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Stability

14 days at room temperature

Reference Range

By Report*

Turnaround

4 days

Clinical Use

Capillary blood levels > 10 ug/dL may be due to contamination from lead found on the finger surface and require conformation with venous blood.

Test Code

LEADW