Used to identify a person’s ABO and Rh D blood group and antibody status. The test is essential for patients who may require a blood transfusion.
To Establish the ABO and D group prior to transfusion or in pregnancy
To detect circulating antibodies to red cell antigens in the patients plasma
Sample Required EDTA (pink top)
Sample Volume 1 mL for < 4 months old
4 mL for paediatrics
6 mL for adults
There must be different tubes for blood grouping and FBC- samples will not be shared.
A maternal sample may also be required if transfusion is planned (neonatal requests)
May be referred to the NHS Blood and Transplant service for confirmation if necessary.