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Hospital ABC has multiple locations for laboratory testing of a basic metabolic panel (BMP). The intensive care unit (ICU) has a portable measuring device that performs this testing on whole blood. The main laboratory has two stationary instruments that can both perform a BMP on venipuncture samples, following centrifugation of the specimens.
In this scenario, which of the following represent advantages when performing a BMP in the ICU with the portable device?

More than one answer is correct. Please select all correct answers