RETICULOCYTE COUNT

Mnemonic

RETIC

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Whole Blood, one 4.0 mL or 2.0 mL lavender (EDTA) top tube - minimum 1/2 full; or one micro lavender (EDTA) top tube - minimum 1/2 full

Handling

The collection container must be filled to a minimum of one half of the maximum sample volume (i.e. 4.0 mL tube must have 2.0 mL of blood). The collection tubes must not be filled to more then the maximum sample volume. Refrigerate at 2-8°C.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.25 mL

Transport

Refrigerate (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Under filled tube, overfilled tube, frozen, clotted or grossly hemolyzed samples, incorrect anticoagulant

Stability

Ambient (18-21°C): 6 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 72 hour

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Primary: Automated cell counter; Secondary: Microscopy

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services Laboratories

Reference Values

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:27 AM