RETICULOCYTE HEMOGLOBIN EQUIVALENT

Collect

One 4.0 mL purple top (EDTA whole blood).

Pediatric Collection

At least 0.5 mL whole blood collected in a 1.0 mL microtainer, purple top, EDTA whole blood.

Unacceptable Conditions

Sample not properly identified; incorrect container; insufficient sample volume; clotted specimen; frozen sample.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Internal: Deliver to lab immediately at ambient temperature.

Offsite: Do not centrifuge. Deliver to lab immediately at ambient temperature. Transport to laboratory at 2-8 degrees C if transport time exceed 24 hours.

Stability (from collection to initiation)

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 36 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.

Performed by

PCL Clinical Laboratory - Core

Notes

RET HE is a calculated parameter included in the Reticulocyte test group. A Reticulocyte Count (RETIC) will be ordered.

Performed

Daily

Methodology

Calculated parameter

Reported

Routine requests are reported within 8 hours.

Reference Interval

30.0 - 38.5 picograms

Performed by

PCL Clinical Laboratory - Core

CPT Codes

85045 for Reticulocyte Count

Collection

Collect

One 4.0 mL purple top (EDTA whole blood).

Pediatric Collection

At least 0.5 mL whole blood collected in a 1.0 mL microtainer, purple top, EDTA whole blood.

Unacceptable Conditions

Sample not properly identified; incorrect container; insufficient sample volume; clotted specimen; frozen sample.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Internal: Deliver to lab immediately at ambient temperature.

Offsite: Do not centrifuge. Deliver to lab immediately at ambient temperature. Transport to laboratory at 2-8 degrees C if transport time exceed 24 hours.

Stability (from collection to initiation)

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 36 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.

Performed by

PCL Clinical Laboratory - Core

Notes

RET HE is a calculated parameter included in the Reticulocyte test group. A Reticulocyte Count (RETIC) will be ordered.

Ordering

Performed

Daily

Methodology

Calculated parameter

Reported

Routine requests are reported within 8 hours.

Result Interpretation

Reference Interval

30.0 - 38.5 picograms

Performed by

PCL Clinical Laboratory - Core

Administrative

CPT Codes

85045 for Reticulocyte Count

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