4 mL (2 mL min.) Whole blood from 1 metal free Royal Blue Top (K2EDTA) tube available from TrueMedix. Ship refrigerated. DO NOT FREEZE. Use powderless gloves during specimen collection. If Gadolinium or Iodine containing contrast media has been administered, the specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.
AAS with Zeeman correction
Sample Daily by 6 pm; Report Next day
Blood Lead is useful in detecting industrial, dietary and accidental exposure to lead and to monitor detoxification therapy. It is recommended to test children regularly for blood lead levels. A value of 5 mcg dL is considered unsafe for children and a follow up test is advised. Toxicity is suspected when the value exceeds 45 mcg dL. Symptoms of toxicity include behaviour changes, irritability, weight loss, abdominal pain, vomiting ; seizures.
If Gadolinium or Iodine containing contrast media has been administered, specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.