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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  Test: Lead, Blood 
  Synonym: Pb 
  Method: Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) 
  Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday by 11:00. Monday and Wednesday results in 24 hours, Friday results available the following Monday. 
  Specimen: Blood 
  Collection Device: 6.0 mL EDTA (Lavender) tube or EDTA Microtainer 
  Volume: 0.2 mL whole blood 
  Storage/Transport: Refrigerated 
  Unacceptable: Clotted samples, insufficient volume 
  Specimen Stability: Stable refrigerated 
  Reference Interval: < 15 years of age: < 5.0 µg/dL
> 15 years of age: < 25.0 µg/dL

Providers notified of values > 25.0 µg/dL

> 70.0 µg/dL is considered a critical value 
  Reportable Disease:  
  Revised: 5/2/2013 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.