ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATE

Mnemonic

ESR

Synonym

ESR - Sed rate

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Whole Blood, one 4.0 mL or 2.0 mL lavender (EDTA) top tube 

Handling

Refrigerate at 2-8°C

Preferred Volume

Full collection of EDTA tube

Minimum Volume

Half-filled EDTA collection tube

Transport

Refrigerate (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Insufficient volume.  Frozen, clotted or grossly hemolyzed specimens, or incorrect anticoagulant.

Stability

EDTA:  Ambient (18-21°C): 4 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C) 24 hours.

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Diesse Mini-Cube

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services Laboratories

Reference Values

Reference Values

Male: 0-20 mm
Female: 0-30 mm
 

CPT Codes

85651

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:43:40 PM