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Red Blood Count, Whole Blood

Test Name: Red Blood Count, Whole Blood
Alternate Description: RBC
LIS Code:
Lab Section:

Hematology

Fluid Type:

Whole blood

Minimum Volume:

0.5 ml whole blood in a Lavender Microtainer 1.0 ml whole blood in a Pediatric Lavender Top 2.5 ml whole blood in a 3 ml Lavender Top

Specimen Tube Type Transport:

Lavender Top Tube

Container (Whole Blood Required):

3 ml whole blood in a Lavender Top

Specimen Stability:

48 hours if refrigerated or 12 hours at room temperature

Specimen Transport:

Refrigerate

Availability:

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Stat Availability:

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Test Turnaround Time Routines And Stats:

R 4 hours S 1 hour

Specimen Preparation (In House):

Refrigerate until analysis

Specimen Preparation (Outreach):

Refrigerate until courier pickup

Reference Value:
age from age to age units gender low high
0 1 days M/F 3.90 6.00
1 3 days M/F 3.95 6.60
3 7 days M/F 3.90 6.60
1 2 weeks M/F 3.60 6.30
2 4 weeks M/F 3.00 6.20
1 2 months M/F 2.70 5.40
2 3 months M/F 2.70 4.90
3 6 months M/F 3.10 4.50
6 24 months M/F 3.70 5.30
2 6 years M/F 3.90 5.30
6 12 years M/F 4.00 5.20
12 18 years F 4.10 5.10
12 16 years M 4.50 5.30
16 18 years M 4.50 6.20
18 and up years F 3.9 5.0
18 and up years M 4.4 5.6