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CRITICAL CARE BLOOD GAS - AQ
AQ
Analytes/procedures in bold type are regulated for proficiency testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Analyte Challenges per Shipment Number of Shipments
Calcium, ionized 2 Three shipments per year
Chloride 5
Hematocrit 5
Hemoglobin, estimated 5
Lactate 2
Magnesium, ionized 2
pCO2 5
pH 5
pO2 5
Potassium 5
Sodium 5
tCO2 5

For second instrument reporting options, see the Quality Cross Check programs, AQQ or AQ2Q.
It is not appropriate to report hemoglobin and hematocrit results by co-oximetry in this Survey.
For i-STAT instrument usage, see chart.


Program Information

  • AQ, AQ2 - Five 2.5-mL aqueous specimens in duplicate and five 2.5-mL specimens for hematocrit testing in duplicate; appropriate for all methods except i-STAT®
  • Conventional and International System of Units (SI) reporting offered

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: February 24
  • Shipment B: June 22
  • Shipment C: October 19






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