Procalcitonin


Test Information

Test Name

Procalcitonin

Synonyms

PCT

Department

Biochemsitry

Preferred Specimen

SST

Testing Location

PLR; Referral

Clinical Update

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Collection Information

Availability

For hospital request only - All community requests are not accepted as PCT is not an appropriate test outside of an ED/ICU setting

Preparation

  • Send to lab ASAP

Processing Information

Registration Code

see Notes

Notes

  • Rotorua Hospital ICU/ED - register PCT
  • Community request - register COMS, enter &PCAL (test not available)
  • Hospital requests - register PCAL, referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory, centrifuge & freeze within 4 hours of collection

Site Specific Notes

- Waikato

Test not available

- Tauranga

Hospital request - Referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Whakatane

Hospital request - Referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Rotorua

Hospital ICU/ED - Process inhouse Biochemistry

- Taupo

Hospital request - Referral to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Alternative Specimen

Heparin; Plain tube


Methodology

Contact Information

john.woodford@pathlab.co.nz

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Transport

Frozen

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