Test name: Insulin
Order Code: INSULIN
Preferred Specimen: 2mL serum in a Serum Separator Tube (SST or Tiger-top)
CPT Code: 83525
Collection: Allow SST to clot in an upright position for 30 min, then centrifuge sample within 2 hours of collection. Refrigerate.
Special Instructions and Considerations: Samples should not be taken from patients receiving therapy with high biotin doses (i.e. > 5 mg/day) until at least 8 hours following the last biotin administration. Samples from patients treated with bovine, porcine, or human insulin sometimes contain anti-insulin antibodies which can affect test results. Hemolysis interferes.
Transport Temperature: Refrigerated
Specimen Stability: 7 days refrigerated
Causes for Rejection: Hemolysis