Specimen Collection and Handling

Specimen Requirements

Test Requested Required Requisition(s) Specimen Type Minimum Volume Collection Kit


Serum or plasma

5.0 ml blood

Royal blue K2EDTA vacutainer



5.0 ml  urine

Sterile container

Submission and Collection Notes


Record volume of urine and note if 24 hour collection

Preparation Prior to Transport

Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay. 

Special Instructions

Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHOL on ice packs.

Requisitions and Kit Ordering

Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)

Aluminum testing for serum/plasma and urine is performed Monday to Friday.

Turnaround time is up to 5 days from receipt at PHO Laboratory


Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.

Test Methods

Aluminum - Serum/plasma and urine specimen testing is performed by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry with Zeeman background correction.

Updated 13 Jan 2020