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Test Name:Lithium  
Epic Order Code:LAB29  
CPT Code:80178  
Specimen(s) Type:Serum  
Acceptable Container(s):Tops are gold and red.
Testing Schedule:24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
Turn Around Time:STAT: 1 hour  
 Routine: 2 hours  
Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Obtain specimen by standard collection procedures.
Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab within 1 hour, centrifuge the specimen and remove serum from the red cells. Store and transport at 2-8° C. Specimen must be received in the lab within 24 hours.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport.
Reference Range:Therapeutic: 0.6 - 1.2 mmol/L
 Critical: > 2.0 mmol/L
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