Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

HEPARIN, UNFRACTIONATED

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2430         Geisinger Epic ID: 17589

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Platelet-free plasma
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Other size blue-top (3.2% sodium citrate) tubes (e.g., 1.8 mL, 4.5 mL)
Specimen required:
Two (2) 1 mL aliquots plasma.
Special notes:
Avoid contaminating the sample with tissue thromboplastin or heparin. Venipuncture must be performed with no trauma. Hemolyzed samples (1.5 g/L or greater) are not acceptable. If blood is drawn from an indwelling catheter, flush with 5 mL of saline and discard the first 5 mL of blood collected. If blood is drawn with a butterfly device, draw a discard tube first to remove air from tubing.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
Centrifuge the citrated blue-top tubes as soon as possible (within 60 minutes) at designated time and speed to obtain platelet-poor plasma (<10,000/µL). Using a plastic pipette, remove 1 mL of plasma and transfer to a plastic polypropylene aliquot tube and label with patient's name and a second patient identifier (e.g., date of birth, medical record number). DO NOT REFRIGERATE but FREEZE immediately. Freeze upright and transport on dry ice. 
Transport temperature:
Frozen.
Specimen stability:
Frozen: -20°C for 30 days, -70°C for 6 months. Room temperature specimens stable off cells for two (2) hours after collection. If specimen is on cells, stability drops to one (1) hour after collection.
Rejection criteria:
Hemolyzed sample. Overfilled or underfilled tube. Stability limits exceeded. Clotted specimen. Specimen not tested within two (2) hours of collection with plasma sitting on red cells. HCT > 55 requires rejection, reorder, and recollection with proper adjustment of anticoagulant. Indications of thaw in transit are sample on slant in aliquot tube or in lid of tube. These samples will be run but will receive a comment of interpret results with caution as thawing suspected. Specimen not aliquoted off cells within one (1) hour of collection for add-ons.
To add this test to a specimen collected within 1 hour call: GMC Hematology Lab at extension 570-271-6323 or GWV Hematology Lab at 570-808-5869 or Client Services at 1-800-695-6491.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
Unfractionated heparin's therapeutic range is 0.3 - 0.7 IU/mL. Therapeutic range established by pharmacy in conjunction with laboratory.
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Greater than 0.99 IU/mL
Additional information:
Anticoagulation Impact on Coagulation Tests
CPT code(s):
85520
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
International units of heparin.
Methodology:
Chromogenic
Anti-Xa Assay
Synonyms:
Unfractionated heparin, Anti-Xa assay for unfractionated heparin
Anti Xa, HEPU
Clinical significance:
Used to quantitate the level of unfractionated heparin in a patient's plasma.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Michelle Grant DO    
Review Date: 04/29/2019

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Hematology
Technical Lead: Margaret Knowles-Tuchman
Frequency: Daily, all shifts
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: ATL+
Technical Lead: Julia Bell    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital

Performing laboratory: Coagulation
Technical Lead: Kelly Alleman    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Performing laboratory: Hematology
Technical Lead: Sophie Rockwell  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Community Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Hematology
Technical Lead: Renee Bordo, Robert Furcon  
Frequency: Daily    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Performing laboratory: Coagulation
Technical Lead: Lisa Sheaffer  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

Performing laboratory: Coagulation
Technical lead:    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre

Technical lead: Bernadette Johnson    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes
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