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Glucagon

Referred out for testing

Source Blood
Mnemonic GLUCA
Specimen Requirements

Collections performed at PSCs (by appointment), and acute care (RRL) sites ONLY.
Test cannot be collected by Mobile Collection Services (MCS).

Community patients: contact CLS Patient Appointment Line at 403-770-5136 to book an appointment at any Patient Service Centre.

Overnight fast required.

Special collection tube, 1 x 2.7 mL draw lavender top Glucagon tube, available from CLS Referrals (403-770-3285).

Keep tubes cold (immerse in ice water) before collection and immediately after collection. 

Specimen Handling

PSC & RRL:
Centrifuge, aliquot specimen into plastic Sarstedt2 screwcap aliquot tube (available from CLS Referrals), and freeze immediately. Transport to DSC on ice in a separate bag with a copy of the requisition.

Extra-regional: 
Centrifuge, aliquot specimen into plastic Sarstedt2 screwcap aliquot tube (available from CLS Referrals), and freeze immediately.  Transport to DSC on dry ice in a separate bag with a copy of the requisition.

DSC:
Place specimens in freezer upon receipt in lab; ensure frozen specimens do not thaw.

Additional Information  
Testing Location University of Alberta
Testing Frequency Monthly
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval