Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry
Test Name:
PCO2 (iSTAT) - (B)
Test Code: PCOA
Clinical Information:
Only available in rural Manitoba. 

State whether the sample is venous or arterial.
 
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required: Skin puncture: lancet and capillary collection tube (plain, lithium heparin, or balanced heparin for electrolytes and blood gases)
Venipuncture:  lithium or sodium heparin collection tubes and disposable transfer device
(e.g. 1cc syringe and a 16 to 20 gauge needle)
Arterial puncture:  Plain syringe or blood gas syringe with heparin and labeled for the assays performed
Referral:

Only available at sites which perform iStat testing onsite.
Requisition:
Reference Values:
Venous & Capillary:  41 – 51 mmHg

Arterial: 35 – 45 mmHg

Note:  Reference ranges are specific to the Abbott iStat (POC instrument)
 
Availability:
Turn around time (TAT): < 60 minutes
See Also:
More Information:
Specimen Handling: In patient samples where the PO2 is > 100 mmHg above the normal range (80-105 mmHg) an increase in PCO2 of approximately 1.5 mmHg (with a range of 0.9 to 2.0 mmHg) may be observed for every 100 mmHg increase in PO2. 
Na Heparin 4mL, NO GEL Tube(s) - Full Tube Collection
Manufacturer: Becton Dikinson & Company

Catalogue #: 367871