Phlebotomy Technician

Category - Procedures & Tubes

Why is a draw for a cortisol level considered a timed test?
  1. Is this a trick question? It is not a timed test.
  2. Because cortisol levels are highest in the morning.
  3. Because cortisol levels are highest immediately after medication is given to patient.
  4. Because lab techs like to see how fast phlebotomists can run.
Answer: B - Hormone levels naturally fluctuate throughout the day; cortisol reaches its highest levels in the bloodstream at about 8:00 in the morning. If the phlebotomist is unable to draw at the specified time, the order should be passed to an available phlebotomist.
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