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Vanadium - Blood

Source Blood
Mnemonic VAN
Specimen Requirements

1 x 6 mL BD royal blue top lavender band K2 EDTA tube

1 mL plasma and 1 mL red cells

CLS staff: Proceed with specimen collection and transport to DSC Accession. DSC Referrals will oversee the physician approval process.

Note to ordering physician: This test requires review and approval by CLS Medical & Scientific Staff. Please contact CLS Referrals at 403-770-3285 for further information on the approval process.

Specimen Handling

Centrifuge within 30 minutes of collection. Aliquot plasma into a plastic screwcap Sarstedt2 aliquot tube (aliquot tubes available from Referrals) and screw the cap on tightly to avoid leakage.

Discard buffy coat and just a little of the red cells using a plastic pipet (not glass). Aliquot the remaining red cells to a plastic screwcap Sarstedt2 aliquot tube and screw the cap on tightly to avoid leakage.

PSC & RRL: Transport plasma and red cells on ice to DSC. Send specimens in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

Extra-regional: Freeze plasma and red cells prior to transport to DSC. Send specimens in a separate bag with a photocopy of the requisition.

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

Additional Information For Vanadium orders with “RBC”, “erythrocyte” or “red blood cell” specifically requested, see Non-Preferred specimen section of Trace Elements – Blood.
Testing Location Dynacare
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval