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Test Code ACTPOC Activated Clotting Time (ACT) POC1

Test Method

Kaolin activated clotting time; Abbott i-STAT

Specimen Requirement

0.5 mL whole blood is required.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Two possible acquisition methods are acceptable:

Venipuncture: Using a syringe.  Arterial or Venous
Line:

The specimen may be collected by nursing personnel from an
arterial or venous line.

Reference Values

Reference values are established by the cardiologists or
clinicians pertinent to the clinical situation.

Non-heparinized patients: 74-137 sec.

Performance

Performed by laboratory personnel at the
patient bedside.

Useful For

The ACT is an indirect assessment of the efficacy of heparin in
surgical procedures. Initial measurements determine sufficient
heparin dose administration. Subsequent measurements are used to
determine if the heparin dose has been sufficiently
neutralized.

CPT Code Information

85347 Coagulation time, Lee and White, activated

LOINC

3184-9 Activated Clotting Time In Blood By Coagulation Assay