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BUFFY COAT FOR MICROORGANISMS BLOOD (BCM)

Department: Hematology
Test Synonym(s): BCM
CPT Codes: 85060
Methodology: Buffy Coat smear
Reference Range: None seen
Tube Type: Lavender top (EDTA)
Specimen: Whole Blood
Pediatric Requirements: Lavender top (EDTA) - 2 mL (to fill line), or one full lavender top (EDTA) microtainer
Volume: 2 mL
Minimum Volume: 500 uL
Temperature: Room temperature or refrigerated
Stability: Deliver to the lab within 30 minutes
Reasons for Rejection: QNS, Clotted, specimen age
Days Performed: Daily
Times Performed: Continuous
TAT: 1 day
Special Instructions: Deliver within 30 minutes - must have collection time

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