Red Blood Cell Count
CPT Code: 85041
Order Code: 1379
ABN Requirement: No
Specimen: EDTA Whole Blood
Volume: 4.0 mL
Minimum Volume: 1.0 mL
Container: EDTA (Lavender Top tube)
- Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
- Gently invert tube 8-10 times immediately after draw. DO NOT SHAKE.
- Do not centrifuge.
Transport: Store EDTA whole blood at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions included with the provided shipping box.
Ambient (15-25°C): Not Acceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C): 3 days
Frozen (-20°C): Not Acceptable
Causes for Rejection: Clotted samples; grossly hemolyzed samples; specimens other than EDTA whole blood; specimens with plasma removed; insufficient volume; contamination from IV fluid; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits
Methodology: Flow Cytometry
Turn Around Time: 1 to 3 days
Reference Range: See Laboratory Report
Clinical Significance: A red blood cell count is used to diagnose anemia and other conditions affecting red blood cells.
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