Pathology Handbook

Salicylate

Synonyms

Acetyl Salicylic Acid

Clinical Indications

Suspected overdose. Occasionally therapeutic monitoring may be helpful.

Request Form 

Request on ICE

Availability

On request

Specific Criteria

None

Turnaround Time

Within 2 hours. 

Specimen

Serum in  yellow top (SST) tube

Volume

2 mls

Container

Vacutainer gold top

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled or incorrectly labelled sample 

Interpretation

For use as an anti-inflammatory agent, pre-dose (trough) levels should be between 200 and 350 mg/L.

Toxic symptoms occur in most patients when levels exceed 400 mg/L