Monkeypox Testing

October 27, 2022

Starting January 1, 2023, ARUP will only accept certified metals-free collection tubes for trace elements testing. On March 7, 2022, ARUP began to temporarily accept lavender (whole blood and plasma) and red top (serum) blood collection tubes for trace elements testing due to a nationwide supply shortage. Now that more supplies are available, ARUP is pleased to provide outstanding patient care by minimizing the risk of falsely elevated results and frequent redraws that can occur when samples for trace elements testing are not collected in certified metals-free collection tubes.

 

Starting January 1, 2023, if specimens are sent in non-certified metals-free collection tubes, orders will be canceled and will require a patient redraw in the correct collection tube as specified in the ARUP Laboratory Test Directory.

Acceptable Certified Metals-Free Tubes

ARUP Supply

Tube Name

#16313

BD Vacutainer Royal Blue (K2EDTA) Tubes

#16359

BD Vacutainer Royal Blue (No Additive) Tubes

#20329

BD Vacutainer Tan (K2EDTA) Tubes

#57238

Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tube 6 mL NH Trace Elements Sodium Heparin Tubes (For 0099007 Antimony, Blood only)

You can order supplies via ARUP Connect.

Affected Tests

Only certified metals-free tubes will be accepted for the following tests:

0099266

Aluminum, Serum

0098830

Chromium, Serum

0025037

Cobalt, Serum or Plasma

0020096

Copper, Serum or Plasma

0099470

Heavy Metals Panel 3, Blood

0020584

Heavy Metals Panel 4, Blood

2007463

Iodine, Serum

0025016

Lead, Industrial Exposure Panel, Adults

0099265

Manganese, Serum

0099452

Nickel, Serum

0025023

Selenium, Serum or Plasma

0020097

Zinc, Serum or Plasma

0099007

Antimony, Blood

0099045

Arsenic, Blood

0099478

Bismuth, Blood

0099675

Cadmium, Blood

0099231

Cobalt, Blood

0020098

Lead, Blood (Venous)

0099272

Manganese, Whole Blood

0099305

Mercury, Whole Blood

0099610

Thallium, Whole Blood

2009373

Zinc Quantitative, Whole Blood

3003756

Copper, Red Blood Cells

0092079

Magnesium, RBC

3003758

Zinc, Red Blood Cells

 

Exceptions

0020745

Lead, Blood (Capillary)

The small finger stick test used in pediatric populations will continue to be accepted in the lavender microtainer tubes.

If you have additional questions regarding certified metals-free vacutainer blood collection tubes, please contact Client Services, keyword: Metals Testing

Contact ARUP Client Services

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