#ExistCollect>Collect: Green (sodium or lithium heparin).
#ExistSPECIMENPREPARATION>Specimen Preparation: Protect from light and pack accordingly to avoid breakage. Transport 5 mL whole blood (Min: 1 mL) AND 6 unfixed, well-prepared smears (Min: 6 smears)
#ExistSPECTRANSPORT>Storage/Transport Temperature: Room temperature. Send Sunday through Thursday only. Whole blood must be received within 24 hours of collection; smears must be received within 72 hours preparation.
#ExistConditions>Unacceptable Conditions: Specimens collected in EDTA. Poorly prepared smears (too thick or no feather edge). Broken or fixed smears.
#ExistStability>Stability (collection to initiation of testing): Blood: Ambient: 24 hours
Unfixed Smears: Ambient: 72 hours