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Test Code Red Blood Cells (RBC), Leukocyte-Poor, Blood Red Blood Cells (RBC), Leukocyte-Poor, Blood

Additional Codes

Epic Order Code: LAB282
Sunquest Order Code: PRRBC

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation:

A seperate specimen is not required as this order also requires a current ABO and Rh and antibody screen on file in Blood Bank. See blelow for type and screen specimen requirements.

Container Type:

Optimal:  Pink Top (EDTA)

Acceptable: Lavender

Optimal Collection Volume: 

6.0mL Whole Blood

Collection Instructions:

Collect specimen and gently invert several times to mix. Label the specimen, in the presence of the patient, with full name, date of birth and patient medical record number. 

Processing Instructions: 

1. Collect sample in pink top container.

2. Label per policy in the presence of the patient.

3. Send whole blood sample to Blood Bank for testing.

Useful For

Leukocyte-poor RBCs may be useful in the transfusion therapy of patients who have had more than 2 previous febrile transfusion reactions. Pre-filtered, leuko-reduced packed cells are cytomegalovirus (CMV) safe (equivalent to CMV seronegative blood products). 

Bronson stocks only leuko-reduced blood components which are CMV safe. The presence of unexpected antibodies will require additional time.

Profile Information

Test ID   Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
%CT Blood Component No Yes
UORD Units Ordered No Yes
RBCR RBC Units Available No Yes

Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Refrigerated 3 days
  Ambient  1 day

Rejection Due To

Hemolysis Mild OK; Moderate OK; Gross Reject
Lipemia Mild OK; Moderate OK; Gross Reject
Icterus Mild OK; Moderate OK; Gross Reject
Other N/A


Specimen Minimum Volume

Collecting minimum volumes can result in a need for sample recollection, and/or a delay in results. Minimum volumes are subjective and cannot account for all aspects of specimen and testing needs. Refer to the Specimen Required section for optimal volumes for laboratory specimens. Contact the Bronson Laboratory if complex collection exceptions occur that require more information.


Minimum Volume: 3.0mL whold blood
Neonate Volume: 0.5mL whole blood

Performing Laboratory

Bronson Laboratory, Blood Bank-Kalamazoo, Paw Paw, Battle Creek, South Haven

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed


LOINC Code Information


Sample Retention Time

Blood Bank specimens (other than Cord Blood) are retained by the Blood Bank for 30 days. Pretransfusion testing should be completed within 2 days of collection.

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