CRP increases in virtually all conditions associated with tissue damage. It can be used to screen for disease, to indicate whether an infection is likely to be viral or bacterial in origin and is a valuable marker in monitoring disease activity, especially in rheumatological conditions. It can also be used to guide the effectiveness of a therapeutic intervention. CRP can be used to assess the risk of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CRP can rise rapidly with levels doubling in concentration every 6 hours, and so can monitoring fast changes.
C Reactive Protein (CRP)
C Reactive Protein (CRP)
C Reactive Protein (CRP) is an acute phase reactant and is a marker for infective or inflammatory processes.
CRP levels must be interpreted alongside a relevant clinical history and a complete clinical evaluation, or as a specific marker of a disease process. Markedly increased levels are found in bacterial infections, as a result of abscess formation or sepsis, Crohn’s disease, connective tissue diseases, neoplastic process or as a result of trauma or necrosis. Normal to mild elevation occurs in viral infections, IBD (Ulcerative colitis), SLE, atherosclerosis.
5mL venous serum or plasma
In addition to the packaging of samples, the transport/delivery of clinical samples to the laboratory is required to be in adherence to all national regulations for the safe transport of biological materials. Enfer Medical provides a fully compliant logistics service, aligned with clients’ testing requirements.
Prompt transport of specimens:
To ensure prompt testing of samples and release of results within the published test turnaround times, samples should arrive to the laboratory by 18:00. Test turnaround time is measured from receipt of the sample at the laboratory until the time the authorised results are reported to users.
In rare cases specimens may not be suitable for testing on arrival to the laboratory. In that case the sample will be rejected at the receipt stage and the service user will be notified immediately and an explanation as to why the sample could not be processed will be provided. Reasons why samples cannot be processed include but are not limited to:
- Samples received beyond the stability limits and/or not at the correct temperature indicated for each test.
- Incorrect sample type received.
- Leaking samples, sample not received or sample insufficient for analysis as stated below within sample requirements.
- Non-compliant samples or request forms i.e. those missing sample date information, missing sample test request and/or missing sample site/type information.
- Samples received without the necessary patient identifiers.
Quantitative results for C Reactive Protein High Sensitivity (CRP-HS) are reported in numeric value in mg/L. Please contact us for more information on the reference ranges used at Enfer Medical.
Critical results are communicated in accordance with the Communication of critical results for patients in the community- national laboratory handbook CSP041/2019