Reticulocyte Count

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: RETIC
POE DESCRIPTION: RETICULOCYTE COUNT
CPT CODE: 85045
TEST INFORMATION:

Test includes reticulocyte %; absolute reticulocyte #; immature reticulocyte fraction; reticulated hemoglobin

DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 8 hours
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Available stat only by special request.
CONTAINER TYPE:

Lavender top (EDTA) (EDTA) tube or (lavender top (EDTA) MicrotainerTM

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Blood
REJECTION CRITERIA: Specimen clotted, >24 hours old
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1.5 mL venous, 250 µL capillary whole blood
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible.
REFERENCE RANGE: Reticulocyte %: 0.4-1.8%; Absolute Reticulocyte #: 0.026-0.100 x 106 µL; Immature Reticulocyte fraction (IRF): 4.0 - 17.0%. Normal values at birth: 2.5% to 6.5%, falling to normal adult level by the end of the second week.
TEST SYNONYM(S):Retic Count