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Fluid Cell Count - Pericardial

Source Pericardial Fluid
Mnemonic

FLOTHERCC

If a differential is ordered enter both the cell count mnemonic FLOTHERCC and the differential mnemonic FLOTHERC.

Specimen Requirements

See Body Fluid Collection Guidelines

1 x 4 mL lavender top EDTA tube OR 1 x 4 mL green top sodium heparin tube

Place 3-4 mL fluid immediately into EDTA or sodium heparin tube following collection. Mix well.

Specimen Handling  
Additional Information DO NOT send large volumes of fluid.
Specimen MUST NOT be clotted.
Testing Location Hematology-ACH, FMC, PLC, RGH & SHC
Testing Frequency As required
Alternate Name(s)  
Reference Interval