Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Name
Pentobarbital, serum

Synonyms
Nembutal

CMH Lab Section
Toxicology/TDM

Specimen Requirements
2 mL of blood in a red or green top tube (NO GEL)

Availability
STAT, Urgent, Routine

Turn Around Time
STAT: 4 hours
Routine: 12 hours

Methodology
Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

Ranges
Hypnotic: 1-5 mcg/mL
Therapeutic coma: 20-50 mcg/mL
Note: Toxic concentrations vary with the clinical situation.
Toxic: >50 mcg/mL

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