Blood Smear, Technologist Review
Label Mnemonic: TSM
Epic code: LAB1014
Order form: Laboratory Requisition
Specimen(s):
(Wright Stain)
Collection Medium:
Lavender top tube 3 mL (EDTA)
Minimum:
Full draw; 3.0 mL lavender top; (or fingerstick). (May also be added to
a 'Blood Cell Profile' request).
Testing Schedule:
24 hrs/day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Turn Around Time:
24 hours (upon receipt in laboratory)
Comments:
Blood smears are routinely examined by technologists according to the 
criteria listed under 'CBC (Complete Blood Count), Blood'.  However, 
this service is a direct examination by a technologist in response to a 
specific inquiry.  The specific reason for the examination must be 
noted on the requisition.  Examination can be requested on either a 
current CBC or in review of a smear, if available.  The technologist's 
narrative interpretation is reported by computer.

A CBC is necessary to order this pathology slide review.
Methodology:
Wright Stain.
Instructions:
If not with in next-day delivery service, make 2 blood smear slides and submit at room temperature. State reason for pathology review on requisition.
Sample Processing:
Submit whole blood in original container.
Sample Storage:
Refrigerate.
Transport Instructions:
Place labeled specimen into zip-lock type biohazard bag; seal bag.
Place requisition into outside pocket of bag.
Transport in cooler with refrigerated coolant packs.
CPT Code:
85008
 
See also:
CBC (Complete Blood Count), Blood