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Test Code LAB883 - Done only at PRMC MALARIA SMEAR

Important Note

Blood should be collected at height of fever or chill. This test should not be ordered until the patient’s temperature spikes.

Additional Codes

CPT Code: 87207

Performing Laboratory

Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Hematology

Specimen Requirements

Draw blood in a lavender top (EDTA) tube and send 4 ml of whole blood to lab immediately upon collection.

Specimen must arrive in lab within ½ hour of collection.

 

Blood smears must be made within 1 hour of collection.  If blood is received after 1 hour it will be deemed unacceptable and must be recollected.  Parasite morphology can become distorted as the specimen ages.

 

Note: Blood should be collected at height of fever or chill. This test should not be ordered until the patient’s temperature spikes.

 

 

Reference Values

Negative

Critical value (automatic call-back): presence of malaria parasite

Additional Information

This test can only be collected at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.