Malaria Smear

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: MALARIA
POE DESCRIPTION: MALARIA; SM MALARIA
CPT CODE: 87207
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes: thick and thin smears
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 8 hours
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: If the patient has traveled to a malaria endemic area the date and area traveled should be specified on the requistion.
CONTAINER TYPE: Lavender top (EDTA) tube
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Blood
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1.5 mL whole blood
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible but not longer than 2 hours after collection.
REFERENCE RANGE: Normal: no organisms identified
TEST SYNONYM(S):Blood Smear for Malarial Parasites; Malarial Parasites