Lead Industrial Exposure Whole Blood  
Mnemonic LEADIND
CPT 83655†
Test Code 8003000
Test Includes  
Specimen Whole Blood
Volume 3 mL
Container Lavender Top (EDTA) Tube
Special Instructions None required
Specimen Prep Do not centrifuge the tube, do not aliquot
Storage Refrigerated
Transport Temp Refrigerated
Stability Rm Temp 14 days
Stability Refrig 14 Days
Stability Frozen DO NOT FREEZE
Methodology Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
Rejection Criteria Clotted. Samples collected in gel tubes. Plasma/Serum. Whole blood specimen submitted in an aliquot tube. 
Reference Value Age Normal Critical >16 years 0-4.9 >70.0 0-16 years 0-4.9 >44.9 
Performed/TAT Monday - Friday        
Comments Specimen contamination must be considered in the interpretation of elevated values. Elevated results should be confirmed with a second sample collected in a certified lead-free tube (Royal blue top).