Basic Metabolic Panel

Test Code
CPT Code(s)
Clinical Significance

Basic Metabolic Panel – See individual components

Test Resources
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Basic Metabolic Panel
Test Details

Listed in alphabetical order: Calcium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride, Creatinine with GFR Estimated, Glucose, Potassium, Sodium, Urea Nitrogen, and BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated).

Alternative Name(s)


Performing Laboratory

Mainstream Diagnostic Laboratory, 5354 Gulf Dr New Port Richey, FL 34652

Preferred Specimen(s)


Minimum Volume

1.0 mL

Collection Instructions

Red-top tubes (no gel): Centrifuge the specimen as soon as possible after complete clot formation. Transfer the serum to a plastic specimen transport tube. Mark the specimen type as serum on the transport tube.
Barrier gel separator tubes: Centrifuge specimen as soon as possible after complete clot formation, ensuring that the barrier gel completely separates serum from cells.
Note: It is very important to centrifuge and separate serum from red blood cells as soon as possible to avoid falsely elevated results.

Transport Container

Plastic Transport Tube

Transport Temperature

Room Temperature

Specimen Stability

Room temperature: 72 hours
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria

See individual components

Setup Schedule

Reference ranges serve as a general guideline. The laboratory report will contain the most current interpretaion.

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