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Platelet Count

Centralized Core Laboratory : Hematology

Test ID/Workstation :
PLTCT AHEM1
Specimen Type:
Blood
Tube Type:
Purple top (EDTA) tube: Whole Blood
Collection Volume:
2.0 mL (minimum 0.3 mL) and 2 fresh smears
Cause for Rejection:
Specimen hemolyzed, clotted, diluted with IV fluid; drawn with heparin or contaminated with heparin; improperly prepared blood smears, specimens at room temperature >8 hours, specimens refrigerated >24 hours.
Storage:
Refrigerated
Availability:
Daily, 24 hours; STAT
Methodology:
Impedance measurement with Optical Flow light scatter and fluorescent measurements and microscopic evaluation of a Wright's stained blood film
Special Instructions:
Indicate clearly if a specimen has been drawn from an arterial line or from a line that has been rinsed with heparin.
Lab/Phone:
330-543-8416
TAT:
4 hours
Additional Info:
Reference range is available on patient report
CPT Code:
85049
Synonyms:
Platelets; Thrombocyte Count
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