|Mnemonic: ||[RBC FOLATE]|
|Name: ||Folate, RBC|
|Specimen: ||1 mL whole blood from a Lavender top tube. |
Do not centrifuge. Freeze WHOLE BLOOD in an amber ARUP transport tube.
Protect from light during collection, storage and shipment.
|Minimum Spec: ||0.2 mL|
|Transport Temp: ||FREEZE|
|Spec Stability: ||Stable 24 hours refrigerated.|
|Ref Lab/Code: ||ARUP 0070385|
| Method: ||Chemiluminescent Immunoassay|
|Processing Info: ||CRITICAL FROZEN. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered. Specimen must be well mixed and transferred to an ARUP Amber Transport Tube before freezing. |
Hematocrit must be performed and indicated on the test request form. Write the patient's hematocrit on the sample tube, as well as having a tech enter and verify the SR HCT in PathNet before sending sample to the reference lab.
If the patient has not received a transfusion or experienced excessive bleeding between the RBC folate draw and the hematocrit draw, any hematocrit drawn within 24 hours of the RBC folate draw is acceptable.