Folic Acid, RBC


Sunquest Code:FOLRBC  
Epic Code:LAB6657Epic Name:Folate RBC
Synonyms:RBC Folic Acid; Folate, RBC
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 1-2 days.
Special Instructions:Hematocrit must be performed and indicated on the test request form. 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.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1 mL
Container:Purple (EDTA) protect from light


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Protect from light. Do not centrifuge. Submit whole blood sample in an ARUP amber aliquot tube. Result the current hematocrit in the required aliquot field prior to sending to the reference laboratory. Store frozen.
Shipping Instructions:Ship whole blood on dry ice.
Stability:2 hours at room temperature; 4 hours refrigerated; 2 months frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:70385


Interpretive

Reference Range:Greater than or equal to 366 ng/mL
Use:Aids in detection of folate deficiency.


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