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Mercury, Whole Blood
BLHGPreferred test for the assessment of acute mercury exposure
|Methodology:||Inductively-coupled plasma/mass spectrometry (ICP/MS)|
Patient Preparation: Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician), and avoid shellfish and seafood for 48 to 72 hours.
Collect: Royal blue (EDTA) - 7 ml Whole blood.
Specimen Preparation: Transport 7 mL whole blood in the original collection tube.
Storage/Transport Temperature: Refrigerated.
Unacceptable Conditions: Heparin anticoagulant, Serum, Plasma, Frozen specimens, Clotted specimen.
Stability: Refrigerated: 1 week.
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