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22436 Erythrocyte Count, Blood

Erythrocyte Count, Blood
Test Code: RBC
Synonyms/Keywords
RBC count, Red blood cell count​
Useful For
Used to detect, confirm, monitor, or rule out a wide range of hematologic disorders, or to evaluate and manage the hematologic effects of treatments (radiation, chemotherapy, medications) or other conditions (illnesses and injuries).
Specimen Requirements
 
Fasting Required Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
No​Whole Blood​EDTA Lavender Top Tube (LTT)​EDTA Pink Top Tube (PTT)​2 mL​One lavender top micro collection tube or 1.0 mL in    3 mL lavender​One lavender top micro collection tube with  0.5 mL​
Collection Processing Instructions
Invert specimen at least 5-6 times in order to facilitate mixing and prevent coagulation.
 
Prepare blood smear as soon as possible, preferably within two hours of collection, up to 24 hours, label with computer generated label or use pencil to label with patients full name and date. Store slides at room temperature.​
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood​ Ambient​ <24 hours​
Refrigerated​ <48 hours​
Refrigerated​ >48 hours may be reported with additional comments​
Rejection Criteria
Clotted
Grossly Hemolyzed​
Diluted with IV or tissue fluid​
Frozen​
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Bloomer​ ​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Chetek ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Colby/Abbotsford ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Cumberland ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Diagnostic Treatment Center ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Eagle River ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Eau Claire ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Flambeau Hospital ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Hayward ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Ladysmith Medical Center ​​Monday through Sunday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Lake Hallie ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
Lakeview Medical Center​ ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
Marshfield​ Monday through Sunday​ Less than 2 hours​ Unicel Beckman Coulter DxH800​
​Merrill ​​Monday through Saturday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Minocqua ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
Neillsville​Monday through Sunday​​Less than 2 hours​​​Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Oakwood ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Stettin ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Stevens Point ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Wausau ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Wisconsin Rapids ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Wittenberg ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
Test Information
This test is included in CBC without Differential (HGMP), CBC with Automated Differential (HGMPA) or CBC with  Manual Differential (HGMPM).​
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
All Performing Sites                  0-30 days: 4.10 - 6.70 x 106/uL
           1 - 23 months: 3.80 - 5.40 x 106/uL
                2 - 9 years: 4.00 - 5.30 x 106/uL
Male:     10 - 17 years: 4.20 - 5.60 x 106/uL
Male:          18+ years: 4.15 - 5.55 x 106/uL
Female: 10 - 17 years: 4.10 - 5.30 x 106/uL
Female:      18+ years: 3.85 - 5.05 x 106/uL​
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Quantity Description Comments
85041​
Synonyms/Keywords
RBC count, Red blood cell count​
Ordering Applications
Ordering Application Description
​Centricity ​Red Blood Cell Count
​Cerner ​Red Cell Count
If the ordering application you are looking for is not listed, contact your local laboratory for assistance.
Specimen Requirements
 
Fasting Required Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
No​Whole Blood​EDTA Lavender Top Tube (LTT)​EDTA Pink Top Tube (PTT)​2 mL​One lavender top micro collection tube or 1.0 mL in    3 mL lavender​One lavender top micro collection tube with  0.5 mL​
Collection Processing
Invert specimen at least 5-6 times in order to facilitate mixing and prevent coagulation.
 
Prepare blood smear as soon as possible, preferably within two hours of collection, up to 24 hours, label with computer generated label or use pencil to label with patients full name and date. Store slides at room temperature.​
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood​ Ambient​ <24 hours​
Refrigerated​ <48 hours​
Refrigerated​ >48 hours may be reported with additional comments​
Rejection Criteria
Clotted
Grossly Hemolyzed​
Diluted with IV or tissue fluid​
Frozen​
Useful For
Used to detect, confirm, monitor, or rule out a wide range of hematologic disorders, or to evaluate and manage the hematologic effects of treatments (radiation, chemotherapy, medications) or other conditions (illnesses and injuries).
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
All Performing Sites                  0-30 days: 4.10 - 6.70 x 106/uL
           1 - 23 months: 3.80 - 5.40 x 106/uL
                2 - 9 years: 4.00 - 5.30 x 106/uL
Male:     10 - 17 years: 4.20 - 5.60 x 106/uL
Male:          18+ years: 4.15 - 5.55 x 106/uL
Female: 10 - 17 years: 4.10 - 5.30 x 106/uL
Female:      18+ years: 3.85 - 5.05 x 106/uL​
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Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
Bloomer​ ​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Chetek ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Colby/Abbotsford ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Cumberland ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Diagnostic Treatment Center ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Eagle River ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Eau Claire ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Flambeau Hospital ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Hayward ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Ladysmith Medical Center ​​Monday through Sunday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Lake Hallie ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
Lakeview Medical Center​ ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
Marshfield​ Monday through Sunday​ Less than 2 hours​ Unicel Beckman Coulter DxH800​
​Merrill ​​Monday through Saturday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Minocqua ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
Neillsville​Monday through Sunday​​Less than 2 hours​​​Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Oakwood ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Stettin ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
​Stevens Point ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Wausau ​Monday through Sunday​ ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Wisconsin Rapids ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter DXH600
​Wittenberg ​​Monday through Friday ​Less than 2 hours​ Electrical Impediance/Beckman Coulter ACT5 DIFF-CP
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CPT Modifier
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Quantity Description Comments
85041​
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