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Lab Dept:

Hematology

Test Name:

ERYTHROCYTE COUNT, BLOOD

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

RBC

Synonyms:

Red Cell Count

CPT Codes:

85041 – Blood count; red blood cell (RBC) only

Test Includes:

Red cell count reported in M/UL.

Logistics

Test Indications:

Useful for detecting anemias and other conditions affecting red blood cell concentration.

Lab Testing Sections:

Hematology

Phone Numbers::

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

2 hours

Special Instructions:

Do Not collect specimens while lipids are being infused.

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Whole blood

Container:

Lavender top tube (EDTA) or Lavender Microtainer®

Draw Volume:

2 mL blood in a Lavender tube or 0.5 in a Microtainer®

Processed Volume:

Same as Draw Volume

Collection:

Fill tubes to mark on tube or Microtainer®. Mix thoroughly by gentle inversion.

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Do Not centrifuge. Process as whole blood.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Improper tube; clotted sample; underfilled tube; mislabeled or unlabeled specimens

Interpretive

Reference Range:

Age and sex dependent, see CBC Reference Value Table

Critical Values:

See above

Limitations:

N/A

Methodology:

Automated Cell Counter

References:

Harmening DH (1997) Clinical Hematology and Fundamentals of Hemostasis, 3rd ed

Oski and Nathan (1998) Hematology of Infancy and Childhood, 5th ed



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