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Updated Test Information:
Evaluate erythropoietic activity which is increased in acute and chronic hemorrhage, and hemolytic anemias; evaluate erythropoietic response to antianemic therapy
|Specimen Collection / Processing Instructions||
Lavender - Invert tube 8 to 10 times immediately after collection
|Additional Processing Details||
Specimen is stable at Room Temperature 1 day Specimen is stable Refrigerated 2 days
Room Temperature: 1 day
Refrigerated: 2 days
|Unacceptable Specimen Conditions||
Hemolysis; clotted specimen; specimen drawn in any anticoagulant other than EDTA; specimen diluted or contaminated with IV fluid; tube not filled with minimum volume; improper labeling; transfer tubes with whole blood; specimen received with plasma removed.
Caution should be exercised with recently transfused patients (reticulocytes may decrease on a dilutional basis due to transfusion).
Monday-Saturday, & STAT
|Minimum Sample Volume||
0.5 mL of Whole Blood
|Pediatric Min. Volume (if applicable)||
500 μL for pediatric microtainer capillary tubes; fill tube to capacity.