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Test Mnemonic ACETA/TYL Acetaminophen, Serum

Methodology

Clinical Significance:

Designed for treatment of conditions requiring reduction of fever or relief of pain. Evaluate acetaminophen toxicity.

Performing Laboratory

Hallmark Health

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:  Serum gel tube(s) - Grossly lipemic, hemolyzed, icteric, or specimen not properly stored is not acceptable.

Specimen:  1 mL of serum

Transport Temperature:  Refrigerate

Collection Instructions:  To determine peak, the optimal specimen should be collected 2-4 hours post ingestion.

Reference Values

Therapeutic Range:  15.0-25.0 mcg/L 

Toxic concentration:  >150 mcg/L  (4 hours post dose)