Draw blood in a dark blue no additive tube and discard. Draw blood in a second dark blue no additive tube, and allow to clot in an upright position. Spin and separate by pouring (do not pipette) the serum into a metal free screw-capped plastic vial (obtain from lab).
Send 2.0 mL.
Alternate specimen:Dark Blue EDTA
Room Temp: 4 days; Refrigerated: 14 days; Frozen: 30 days.
Monitor patients for prior and ongoing exposure to aluminum.