Test directory: Procalcitonin

Ordering Code6008
Test NameProcalcitonin
AliasPCT
Preferred SpecimenPlasma
Preferred ContainerLithium Heparin PST (Green)
Other Specimen/ContainerPlasma in Lithium Heparin (Green),
Serum in Plain (Red), Serum in SST (Gold)
Optimum Volume0.5 mL
Transport RequirementsOahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Frozen
Specimen StabilityAmbient: 24 Hours
Refrigerated: 48 Hours
Frozen: 3 Months
Freeze and thaw only once.
Rejection CriteriaInsufficient quantity, Specimen older than stability limits,
Thawed
Avail. StatPatients of the testing hospital only
Analytic Time1 Hour
MethodologyElectrochemiluminescence binding assay
Insurance Pre-Authorization HAWAII MEDICAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
ProcalcitoninALL<0.05<0.05ng/mL

A PCT...

A PCT concentration of greater than or equal to 0.1 ng/mL most likely indicates a clinically relevant bacterial infection and a PCT value of greater than 0.5 ng/mL most likely indicates that the patient may be at a higher risk for developing severe sepsis or septic shock. Further information can be found in the following document: https://dlslab.com/procalcitonin/