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Test Code BBHOLD Blood Bank Hold, LAB286

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Pink-top (EDTA) tube

Acceptable: Lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Specimen Volume: 2 mL of EDTA whole blood.

Stability: An EDTA, hand labeled, specimen drawn within 3 days of testing is the

              preferred specimen.  The sample should be tested as soon as possible

              following collection.  If a delay in testing occurs, the sample should be stored 2-6 C.  

Collection Instructions: 

Note: Follow special hand-labeling requirements below:

 

Patient is wearing armband

 

  • Legibly hand write the patient’s first and last name and MRN from the patient armband onto the pink tube
  • Write collect time/date and tech code on the label
  • Patients drawn in OP infusion center must have a B- Band number assigned

Patient is NOT wearing an armband

  • Patient must have a B-band number assigned.
  • Legibly hand write the patient’s first and last name, B#, and expiration date (T+3days)
  • Write the test(s) to be performed on the label
  • Write collect time/date and tech code on the label

 

When the specimen(s) has/have been labeled, verify proper specimen identification by comparing the labeled specimen(s) to the patient armband (B-band) before you leave the patient side.

Reference Values

Not applicable

Useful For

In clinical situations where the patient may need red blood cells or other blood components within 3 days, a properly hand labeled specimen may be collected and received to be stored in the Blood Bank.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding

36415