Basic Metabolic Panel

CPT Code(s):


Specimen Requirements:

Type: Serum or plasma

Container/Tube: Serum gel or lithium heparin

Sample Volume: Submit full tubes.

Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL serum or plasma


  1. Submit specimens in their original tubes.
  2. Centrifuge tubes if there is a delay in transport of more than 1 hour.

Storage: Samples are stable for up to 24 hours at 2 – 8ºC.

Unacceptable Conditions: Samples with moderate or marked hemolysis will be rejected.

Specimen Retention Time: 5 days


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Within 24 hours

Reference Values:

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Interpretation Data:

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