Lab Test

Hematocrit

HCT, Packed Cell Volume, PCV

Test Codes

Antrim #20116, EPIC: LAB5147

Department

Hematology

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect (preferred specimen): One 4.0 mL Lavender-top K2EDTA tube. (Minimum: 2.0 mL)
Also acceptable: One Lavender-top K2EDTA Microtainer®. (Minimum: 300 mcL)
See Minimum Pediatric Specimen Requirements for Microtainer® collection. 

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Maintain specimens refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) prior to transport. Room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) is acceptable for a maximum of 8 hours.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Whole blood or capillary blood, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum: 2.0 mL whole blood or 300 mcL capillary blood)

Rejection Criteria

  • Specimens containing clots.
  • Insufficient volume.
  • Frozen specimens.

Storage

Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 8 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 72 hours
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days

Laboratory

Canton Laboratory
Dearborn Hematology Laboratory
Farmington Hills Hematology Laboratory
Grosse Pointe Hematology Laboratory
Lenox Laboratory
Livonia Laboratory
Royal Oak Hematology Laboratory
Taylor Hematology Laboratory
Trenton Hematology Laboratory
Troy Hematology Laboratory
Wayne Blood Bank

Performed

Sunday – Saturday, 24 hours a day.
STAT results available in 30 minutes; 60 minutes if further verification is necessary.
Routine results available in 90 minutes; unless further verification is necessary.

Reference Range

Female: 35.4- 44.2%.
Male: 40.1- 50.1%.

Please see Hematology Pediatric Ranges.

Test Methodology

SYSMEX XN Series.

Clinical Utility

This assay aids in the evaluation of anemia, blood loss, hemolysis, polycythemia and other conditions.

CPT Codes

85014
LOINC:  4544-3, 20570-8

Contacts

Last Updated

10/7/2022

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