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ID:197 Thiopentone
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DescriptionThiopentone is a rapidly acting barbiturate, used intravenously for the induction of general anaesthesia, but may be used as the sole anaesthetic to maintain anaesthesia for short procedures with minimal painful stimuli. It has a short action of duration 3-8 minutes, however metabolism is slow - half-life 11 hrs.
Indicationmeasured to ascertain therapeutic levels or investigate brain stem death.
Additional InfoAll requests must be discussed with the laboratory / Duty Biochemist prior to sending the sample. All samples must arrive in the lab within 12hrs of venepuncture. Clinical details must be provided i.e. therapeutic levels or brain stem death testing etc.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

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Collection ConditionsSerum sample WITHOUT separator gel required. Gel causes assay interference
Min. Vol2 mL
Freq.Referrred to external laboratory

Ref. Range (Male) <1
Ref. Range (Female) <1
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes
IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TAT1 day
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TATAt least 1 week
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : JHB. Review due on 05/04/2019 16:46:27. Published By Dan Carless on 05/04/2018 16:46:27.