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Test Code SAL/LAB34 Salicylate, Quantitative (ASA)

Performing Laboratory

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

Specimen Requirements

Yellow (Gold) top tube (SST)  

Lithium Heparin Green top tube

Plain Red top tube

Outpatient clients MUST draw SST


Optimal sampling is 2-6 hours after dosage

Specimen Transport Temperature and Stability

Centrifuge and refrigerate within 2 hours of collection

Primary tube: Spun SST stable 48 hours at  2° to 8° C

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

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 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

Routine – same day

ASAP – 2 hours after receipt of specimen in lab

STAT – 1 hour after receipt of specimen in lab

Additional Information

Salicylates are a class of analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory drugs that include aspirin. Salicylate overdose results in disturbances of the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract as well as encephalopathy and renal failure.


Colorimetric, Timed Endpoint

Performing Department


Test Classification and CPT Coding

80196  -  Salicylate, Therapeutic Drug Assay

Billing Code