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Test ID: HBELC    
Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Cascade, Blood

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Whole Blood EDTA

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Lavender top (EDTA)

Acceptable: ACD (solution B), green top (sodium heparin)

Specimen Volume: 10 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not transfer blood to other containers.

Additional Information:

1. Patient's age is required.

2. Include recent transfusion information.

3. For information on thalassemias and appropriate test ordering, see Thalassemia Tests in Special Instructions.

Forms:

1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Please document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. An Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (Supply T576) is available in Special Instructions.

2. Thalassemia/Hemoglobinopathy Patient Information Sheet (Supply T358) in Special Instructions

3. If not ordering electronically, submit a Hematopathology/Molecular Oncology Request Form (Supply T241) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

1 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

No (lab will evaluate)

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Whole Blood EDTARefrigerated7 days