|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Routine: 3 hours, STAT: 30 minutes|
|Container:||3 mL green top tube or green microtainer (sodium heparin)|
|Temperature:||Transport to laboratory within 30 minutes.|
|Rejection:||In transport greater than 1 hour.|
|Uses:||Evaluation of electrolyte balance, acid-base balance and diagnosis of dehydration.|
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