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|Performed:||Monday-Friday (except holidays)|
|Released:||Next day (Monday if received Friday-Sunday)|
|Specimen Collection Details|
|Collection:||Two 6 mL pink top tubes (EDTA for Blood Bank). Also acceptable: Two 4 mL lavender top tubes (EDTA).|
|Handling:||Do not centrifuge or separate plasma. Accurate labelling on tube of patient’s first and last name and date of birth is required. Tube should be labelled at the time blood is drawn. Do not cover original label.
If tests other than for Blood Bank are ordered, send separate specimen for those tests.
|Standard Volume:||12 mL whole blood|
|Minimum Volume:||10 mL whole blood|
|Transport:||Ambient or refrigerated.|
|Comments:||Antibody identification is always done concurrently. Current titer specimen tested in parallel with previous specimen.|
|Rejection Criteria:||Gross hemolysis; incorrect labelling of patient’s name or date of birth on tube label or test requisition.|