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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):Tube top in purple (lavender)
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%
Additional Information:Patients receiving large numbers of transfusions will reduce value. All reticulocyte counts are automatically corrected to a hematocrit of 45%.