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Order Code Depakote Level Valproic Acid Level, Plasma or Serum


Immunoassay Using Direct Chemiluminometric Technology

Performing Laboratory

Memorial Health System

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

Preferred Container/Tube:

Light green-top (lithium heparin) tube


Alternate Container/Tube:

Serum gel (red/gold-top) tube

Lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Green-top (sodium heparin) tube


Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL of plasma or serum


Collection Instructions: Serum should be drawn 6 hours after last dose.

Note: Memorial Health System’s labeling policy which requires 2 unique patient identifiers on all specimens:

Patient’s name (first and last) and date of birth OR


Patient’s name (first and last) and Memorial Health System’s medical record number

Physician Office Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerate ≤48 hours/Ambient <8 hours OK/Frozen >48 hours OK

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test is run as specimens are received.

Test Classification and CPT Coding