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Zinc, Serum or Plasma

Mnemonic:    [ZINC]
Name:    Zinc, Serum or Plasma
Specimen:    2 mL serum from a Royal Blue top tube (no additive). Do NOT send whole blood.

Royal blue with EDTA is also acceptable, but the sample MUST be centrifuged and the plasma sent..

Do not allow serum or plasma to remain on cells. Centrifuge and pour off serum or plasma ASAP or within 2 hours of collection into an ARUP Trace Element-Free Transport Tube.

Unacceptable Conditions: Separator tubes. Specimens that are not separated from the red cells or clot. Hemolyzed specimens.
Minimum Spec:    1 mL
Transport Temp:    Store and transport sample at Room Temperature.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0020097
  Method:    Inductively Coupled Plasma/ Mass Spectrometry