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Test Directory -  Full Blood Count

Synonyms

FBC, CBC.

Clinical Indications

.Integral part of most diagnostic investigation

Test Includes

.Hb, RBC & Parameters, WBC, WBC differential. May include blood film if indicated or specifically requested.

Request Form

Combined Pathology Blood form (Yellow/Black or Blue for GP's)

Availability

On request. If urgent mark form accordingly.

Specific Criteria

Samples should not be taken whilst patient is on a drip or receiving a blood transfusion

Turnaround Time

Urgent: 1 hour from time sample received in the laboratory

Specimen

Whole Blood

Volume

3 mL

Container

Purple top (EDTA) tube

Collection

Sample must reach the laboratory within 12 hours of collection

Lab. Handling

No special requirements

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled samples.
Delay in sample reaching laboratory (>12 hours)
Underfilled, clotted or haemolysed samples.

Not meeting specific criteria.

Limitations

  See causes for rejection

Reference Ranges 

Reference ranges are included on laboratory reports.

        

 


Version 1.1 / October 2017