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  • Whole Blood

    Test Name:Whole Blood
    Epic Order Code:Orderable by requisition only
    CPT Code:P9010  
    Specimen(s) Type:Whole blood, 5.0 mL
    Acceptable Container(s):
    Testing Schedule:Not routinely available. Only available with special request.
    Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
     Routine: 2 - 3 hours
    Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Obtain specimen by standard collection procedures.
    Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab immediately, store and transport specimen at 2-8° C. Specimen must be received in the lab within 48 hours. All specimens drawn as outpatients will be for informational purposes only not for transfusion.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport, grossly hemolyzed, failure to provide a properly completed Requisition Form and/or a Blood Infusion form.
    Reference Range:NA  
    Additional Information:One unit of whole blood usually contains 240-275 mL of plasma in 450 mL of donor blood. Complications of massive transfusion include citrate toxicity, especially in patients with liver disease, depletion of viable plasma coagulation factors, hyperkalemia; microaggregate emboli; and fluid overload leading to Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
     Interpretive Use: Transfusion to replace acute blood loss (greater than 25% of total blood volume). The primary acute indications for transfusion of whole blood are acute bleeding, some surgical cases and in some exchange transfusions. Presence of unexpected antibodies may extend the time required for compatibility testing.