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Platelet Whole Mount Preparation

Source Blood
Mnemonic

EMPLT

CLS staff: Data enter with stat priority

Specimen Requirements

Collections performed at FMC and ACH only.
Special Coagulation will fax hemostasis history form and control consent form to collection site before specimen collection.

Adult:
1 x 8.5 mL yellow top ACD-A
Minimum volume 6 mL

Pediatric:
1 x 1.8 mL blue top sodium citrate
Minimum volume 1.5 mL

Control:
In addition to patient specimen, collect one control tube (same tube type as collected from patient) using the consent form received from Special Coagulation. Alternatively, you may be instructed that a control sample is not required at this time (FMC Hematology will arrange to have a control sample collected.)
Label control tube as "CONTROL for [patient name]"

Mix gently by inverting tubes 5 to 6 times.

Specimen Handling

Keep at room temperature. Do not centrifuge.

Place sample in individual specimen bag with copy of original requisition, control tube and control consent form. Apply label "Deliver stat to FMC Hematology". CLS staff: Use EM Platelet Label SC4929, available in SoftTech.

FMC Accession: Hand deliver to FMC Hematology within 30 minutes of collection.

ACH Accession: Call for stat courier prior to sample collection. Collect sample once courier has arrived at ACH in order to ensure specimen arrives at FMC within 30 minutes of collection.

Additional Information

Note: Test must be pre-booked with Electron Microscopy (403-210-8806).
Collection sites: FMC and ACH only.

Testing Location FMC Electron Microscopy
Testing Frequency As required
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval