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Test Code ACETA/LAB43 Acetaminophen

Performing Laboratory

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center / Asante Three Rivers Medical Center / Asante Ashland Community Hospital

Specimen Requirements

Yellow (Gold) top tube (SST)  

Lithium Heparin Green top tube

Plain Red top tube


Outpatient clients MUST draw SST

Specimen Transport Temperature and Stability

Centrifuge and refrigerate within 2 hours of collection

Primary tube: Spun SST stable 24 hours at  2° to 8° C

Serum stable 48 hours if aliquoted and refrigerated at 2° to 8° C

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Reasons for Rejection



Quantity not sufficient (QNS)

Lack of Two Patient Identifiers:

         1-Patient's First & Last name 

         2-Patient's Date of Birth

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Routine – same day

ASAP – 2 hours after receipt of specimen in lab

STAT – 1 hour after receipt of specimen in lab

Additional Information

Acetaminophen is a popular non-prescription pain reliever.  It is frequently seen in overdose cases. 

Proper management of an overdose requires careful monitoring of serum levels.  Toxic doses can cause liver necrosis which is not clinically evident for 12 or more hours.  Antidotes are available if administered early.



Performing Department


Test Classification and CPT Coding

82003  -  Acetaminophen

Billing Code



Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
Acetaminophen (Datril)