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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.


  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.