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Test and sample information

This is a searchable database of information about tests offered by Pathology at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

If there are any comments on specific test content please contact john.monaghan@nhs.net .

For further patient information on pathology tests please visit: www.labtestsonline.org.uk

BLOOD GASES (pH, pC02, p02, actual bicarb, base excess, oxygen saturation)
Volume required
2 mL
Special requirements for specimen collection
Full tube required.  Sample must be taken anaerobically into labelled heparinised syringe, patients Hb and temperature are required.  Clotted or aerated samples are not analysed.
Clinical notes
Facilities for blood gases are not available within the laboratory. Systems are located on critical care wards at both hospital sites.  If unsure whether sample is arterial, collect and send a clearly labelled venous sample in a heparinised syringe.
Turn around time
Same day (working days)
Last modified: 16/08/2018