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Test Code SALIC    Salicylate Level     

Important Note

No add-ons after 8 hours of collection if specimen is still on gel separator.

Clinical System Name

   Salicylate Level   


ASA (Salicylate - Aspirin) Blood



Salicylate measurements are used in the diagnosis of salicylate overdose and in monitoring salicylate therapy.

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Gold SST, Dark Green/Sodium Heparin, Red, Gold Microtainer, Lt. Green/Li Heparin Microtainer

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL


Note: Test is not affected by slight to moderate hemolysis.


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of Specimen

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-8oC

Storage location: Core 5 Chemistry Refrigerator


Off-site collection:  Spin blood, refrigerate or freeze serum/plasma.



Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum or Plasma RT

 7 d

Serum or Plasma 2-8oC

 7 d

Serum or Plasma -20oC or -70oC

 6 m



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 h


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2578

Reference Range


  mG / dL
Therapeutic (Antipyretic or Analgesic) 2 - 10
Therapeutic (Anti-Inflammatory) 10 - 25
Toxic > 40



Method:  Colorimetric method by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume:  0.02 mL + 0.03 mL dead space

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