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Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) Ionized Calcium - Blood

Source Blood
Mnemonic CHEM8+
Specimen Requirements

Lithium Heparin Whole Blood or 2 dry lithium heparin syringes
Do not centrifuge tube.

Minimum sample 300 µL Lithium Heparin Whole Blood

VHF chemistry panels (WBCMP and WBLPP), blood gases, ionized calcium, lactate, BHCG and Troponin I can all be performed on 1mL lithium heparin whole blood.

Specimen Handling Sample must be analyzed within 60 minutes of collection.
Additional Information

If Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or other viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is suspected, the ordering physician MUST contact the local zone Medical Officer of Health by the fastest means possible. ANY and ALL laboratory testing for patients with suspected EVD or VHF MUST be coordinated and approved through the local zone Medical Officer of Health.

CLS staff: Refer to the VHF Documents section of the BCERP manual for enhanced safety procedures.

Testing Location Chemistry-ACH, SHC
Testing Frequency

Daily

Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval Less than 30 days:    0.90 - 1.30 mmol/L
30 days - 150 years: 1.15 - 1.35 mmol/L