Hematocrit

Test ID: 

704383

CPT code:

85014

Synonyms:

Packed Cell Volume

Clinical Use:

Evaluate anemia, blood loss, and state of hydration or suspect polycythemic condition and response to treatment

Specimen Type:

Whole blood

Requested Volume: 

tube fill capacity

Minimum Volume: 

0.5 ml 

500 μL for pediatric microtainer capillary tubes; fill tube to capacity.

Container Type: 

Lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Collection:

Invert tube 8 to 10 times immediately after tube is filled at the time of collection.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements:

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

1 day

Refrigerated

3 days

Frozen

Unstable

Freeze/thaw cycles

Unstable

Rejection Criteria

Hemolysis; clotted specimen; specimen diluted or contaminated with IV fluid; specimen drawn in any anticoagulant other than EDTA; tube not filled with minimum volume; specimen received with plasma removed; improper labeling; transport tubes with whole blood.

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