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Minimum Volume Field

Slide 16

January 2011

Appropriate use of minimum volume information helps caregivers minimize the amount of blood drawn from the pediatric or difficult patient. But, submitting less than the preferred volume may negatively impact the quality of care by slowing turnaround time, increasing the hands-on personnel time (and cost) required to perform the test, and making it impossible to perform necessary follow-up testing in many cases. Specimens that are less than the minimum volume will, in most cases, be insufficient for analysis (and will be flagged as QNS, or quantity not sufficient).

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