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Reticulocyte Count

Source Blood
Mnemonic RET
Specimen Requirements

1 x 4 or 1 x 3 mL lavender top EDTA tube

Whole blood

Minimum Whole Blood Volumes for Micro-Collections using Microtainers

Mix well by inverting tube 8-10 times.
Collection can be combined in one tube (5 or 3 mL tube) with CBC &/or ESR (EDTA only).

Specimen Handling DO NOT centrifuge
Additional Information  
Testing Location Hematology-All Sites
Rural: BMSH, CMGH, HRH, SDHS
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s) Retic Count
Reference Interval Infant (full term): 80 - 400 x 109/L
Adult: 40 - 100 x 109/L