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Test ID: HAEVP    
Hemolytic Anemia Evaluation

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Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Whole Blood ACD-B
Whole Blood EDTA
Whole Blood Slide

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.

Specimens must arrive within 96 hours of draw.


Two whole blood EDTA specimens, 2 whole blood ACD specimens, an EDTA control specimen, and 2 well-made peripheral blood smears (Wright stained or fixed in absolute methanol) are required for testing.



Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA) and yellow top (ACD)

Specimen Volume:

EDTA: Two 4-mL vials

ACD: Two 6-mL vials

Slides: Two peripheral blood smears, Wright stained or fixed in absolute methanol

Collection Instructions:

1. Immediately refrigerate specimens after draw.

2. Send specimens in original tubes. Do not aliquot.

3. Prepare smears.

4. Rubber band patient specimen and control vial together.

Additional Information: 

1. Patient's age and sex are required.

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


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. Hemolytic Anemia Patient Information Sheet (Supply T705) is available in Special Instructions


Shipping Normal Control:

Specimen Type: Whole blood

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 4 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Draw a control specimen from a normal (healthy), unrelated, nonsmoking person at the same time as the patient.

2. Label clearly on outermost label normal control and also indicate sex of control on same label.

3. Immediately refrigerate specimen after draw.

4. Send specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.

5. Rubber band patient specimen and control vial together.

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.

EDTA Blood: 3 mL/ACD Blood: 5 mL

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


Mild OK; Gross reject







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
ControlRefrigerated4 days
Whole Blood ACD-BRefrigerated4 days
Whole Blood EDTARefrigerated4 days
Whole Blood SlideRefrigerated