1-8 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
Specimen Collection Details
One 6 mL royal blue top trace-element serum tube.
Allow to clot, centrifuge and separate serum from cells and immediately pour into either an ARUP Trace Element-Free transport tube. available from PeaceHealth Laboratories Client Services, or a royal blue trace element-no additive tube. Do not allow serum to remain on cells. Refrigerate.
If specimen is drawn and stored in the appropriate container, the trace element values do not change with time.
2 mL serum.
0.5 mL serum.
Serum nickel testing is intended to detect potentially toxic exposure. Nickel is an essential trace element and is normally present at all times. The normal concentration range of nickel in blood serum is <0.5 µg/L.
Use of tubes other than specified; specimen clotted or not separated from cells; hemolysis.