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  • Reticulocyte Count

    Test Name:Reticulocyte Count
    Epic Order Code:LAB296  
    CPT Code:85045  
    Specimen(s) Type:Whole blood; 2.0 mL minimum volume
    Acceptable Container(s):
    Testing Schedule:24 hours/day, 7 days/week
    Turn Around Time:STAT: 1 hour  
     Routine: 4 hours  
    Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Collect specimen by standard phlebotomy procedures.
    Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Client: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.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport, grossly hemolyzed, clotted.
    Reference Range:Automated Method: 0.5-2.3%
     Manual Method: 0.5-1.5%
    Additional Information:Patients receiving large numbers of transfusions will reduce value. All reticulocyte counts are automatically corrected to a hematocrit of 45%.