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pH - Pleural Fluid

Source Pleural Fluid
Mnemonic BGF
Specimen Requirements

Test is not available at Calgary Rural Lab (CRL) sites.

See Body Fluid Collection Guidelines

1.5 mL of pleural fluid collected anaerobically in balanced heparinized blood gas syringe only.

Specimen Handling

Due to labile nature of the specimen, testing should be performed immediately.

If sending by pneumatic tube:
FMC: page Chemistry #00332 or #00304 to notify them that a sample is en route.
SHC: phone Chemistry 403-956-1377 to notify them that a sample is en route.

Additional Information

Glucose results are reported as part of the BGF panel.

Accession staff: Ensure specimen has been data entered in PathNet before delivering to Chemistry or Respiratory.

Notify and/or deliver as follows:
ACH: pager 05120
FMC: deliver to the CSH bench
PLC: call the porter to deliver to unit 28
RGH: pager 03216
SHC: deliver to Chemistry bench

 

Testing Location Chemistry-FMC, SHC & Respiratory-ACH, PLC, RGH
Testing Frequency As required
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval