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Laboratory Medicine

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Body Fluid Cell Count (Non CSF)

Test Name

Body Fluid Cell Count (Non CSF)

Lavender Tube Urine sample Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = Sterile, screw-capped transport tube or CSF tube.

Preferred volume to collect: 1.0 mL Body Fluid

Minimum volume to collect: 0.5 mL Body Fluid

Neonate volume to collect: 0.5 mL Body Fluid

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: Collected in EDTA vacutainer tubes or sterile urine containers (plastic containers with clot activators such as the Hemogard plastic red top must be avoided for body fluids because the clot activator significantly interferes with the differential count). Sputum specimens are NOT analyzed in the Haematology laboratory. Ensure sample is mixed adequately. Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label or requisition.

Stability: Stable within 4 hours of collection at room temperature. If testing cannot be completed within 4 hours, specimens must be stored at 2-8°C.

Transportation: Transport at room temperature within 4 hours of collection.

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

Cell Count: 4 hours
Differential: 24 hours from time of collection.

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Cell Count is automated, if too much sample interference
then cell count will be done manually.

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Last Updated: July 10, 2020