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Test Code BILI BF Body Fluid Bilirubin, Total

Important Note


Clinical System Name

Body Fluid Bilirubin, Total

Sample Requirements

Specimen:  Body Fluid

Container(s):  Sterile Screw-Capped Container or Sterile Screw-Capped Tube or Syringe

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 1.0 mL

Note:   PROTECT FROM UV LIGHT.  In-patients:  wrap paper towel around tube and seal with one piece of tape.  Off-site:  wrap tube in foil. Indicate type of body fluid on requisition.  Abdominal, ascites, body, and peritoneal in Gold SST or Red tubes are also acceptable. Method is affected by hemolysis. Specimen is stable under fluorescent lighting for up to 4 hours.




Processing Instructions

Reject due to:  Prolonged light/UV exposure, age of specimen

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-8o C

Storage location:  CORE 5 Refrigerator


Notes: Indicate type of body fluid on Cerner label. Centrifuge 0.5 mL body fluid in bullet tube. Deliver to Core Chemistry.


Off-site collection: Avoid hemolysis. Protect sample from light by wrapping tube in foil.  Refrigerate body fluid.



Off-site collection: PROTECT FROM UV LIGHT. Indicate type of body fluid on requisition. Centrifuge body fluid. Transfer 0.5 mL supernatant to plastic aliquot tube and refrigerate.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Body Fluid RT

≤ 4 H

Body Fluid 2-8oC

≤ 7 D

Body Fluid -20oC or -70oC

≤ 180 D



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Lab Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617




Method: Colorimetric by Vitros 4600

Minimum Volume: 0.06 mL body fluid

Analytical Volume:  0.025 mL  body fluid + 0.03 mL dead space

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