Test Background The presence of red cell antibodies circulating within the patient’s plasma could result in the destruction of any transfused red cells expressing those particular antigens.
Clinical Indications To determine if there are any red cell antibodies of potential clinical significance.
Reference Range Negative (ie. no circulating antibodies).
Sample Required EDTA (lavender top)
Sample Volume 4 mL for paediatrics6 mL for adults
Turnaround Time Routine 4 hoursUrgent 45 mins
Notes This is a different tube to the FBC.
ON NO ACCOUNT will the sample be shared.
May be referred to the NHS Blood and Transplant service for confirmation if necessary.