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Thiopentone

Thiopentone

Thiopentone 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. Clinical indication for request: Measured to ascertain therapeutic levels or investigate brain stem death.

Tube 04 (EP) - EDTA Plasma
ID Tests&Tubes0245
Additional Information All requests must be discussed with the Duty Biochemist or on-call consultant 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. Serum gel tubes are not suitable.
Turn Around Turnaround time stated by Cardiff toxicology lab: 24 h
Send to Blood Sciences LGI
(Test referred to: Cardiff toxicology lab)
Contact For further details please contact Leeds Pathology customer services: leedsth-tr.pathologycustomerservice@nhs.net.
Advice Full information on all referred tests can be found on the referred tests information database, EQMS reference BSF2REC17003.
Collection Con Instructions to lab: Centrifuge sample, separate and freeze plasma within 12h of collection. Serum gel tubes are not suitable. Minimum volume: 1mL plasma.
Sample REQ Blood
Units mg/L
Telepath TPEN2R & SA1R
ICE Codes RTPEN