POTASSIUM (K)

POTASSIUM (K)

LABORATORY SECTION:

  • Clinical Chemistry

METHODOLOGY:

  • Ion Selective Electrode

PURPOSE:

  • Used to monitor whether your potassium level is with normal limits as part of electrolyte panel to help diagnose the cause of electrolyte imbalance
  • Used to monitor ketoacidosis in diabetes mellitus

PATIENT PREPARATION:

  • No patient preparation needed

TYPE OF SPECIMEN:

  • 2-3 mL of serum (red top)

REJECTION OF SPECIMEN:

  • Hemolyzed specimen
  • Improperly labeled tube

 

RUNNING DAY:

  • Everyday

 

SPECIMEN STABILITY:

  • ROOM TEMPERATURE (20-24°C)

 

  • REFRIGERATED TEMPERATURE (2-8°C)

 

  • 5 days

 

  • 7 days

RELEASING OF RESULTS:

  • 1 hour after blood extraction