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Alias Names: Pentobarbital / Pentobarb / Nembutal
Methodology: Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
Edit Date: 6/11/2010
Components: Amobarbital / Aprobarbital / Butabarbital / Butalbital / Pentobarbital / Phenobarbital / Secobarbital
Performed: Monday-Friday, STAT as needed
Released: 24 hours
CPT Code: 82205
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: One 5 mL red top tube.
Handling: Allow to clot, centrifuge and separate serum from cells and pour into a plastic vial. Label transport tube “serum.” Specify barbiturate if known.
Standard Volume: 2 mL serum.
Minimum Volume: 2 mL serum.
Transport: Ambient.

Reference Range:
Pentobarbital 0.5-3.0 µg/mL therapeutic sedation
20.0-30.0 µg/mL treatment of elevated intracranial pressure
Butalbital 1.0-10.0 µg/mL
Phenobarbital 15.0-40.0 µg/mL
Secobarbital 0.5-5.0 µg/mL
Butabarbital 1.0-10.0 µg/mL
Aprobarbital 1.0-20.0 µg/mL
Amobarbital 4.0-15.0 µg/mL

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