||Aids in detection of folate deficiency.
||Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
||Within 24 hours
#ExistCollect>Collect: Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA).
#ExistSPECIMENPREPARATION>Specimen Preparation: Protect from light during collection, storage, and shipment. Mix specimen well. Transfer 1 mL whole blood to an ARUP Amber Transport Tube.
#ExistSPECTRANSPORT>Storage/Transport Temperature: CRITICAL FROZEN. Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.
#ExistRemarks>Remarks: 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.
#ExistConditions>Unacceptable Conditions: Non-frozen specimens. Clotted specimens.
#ExistStability>Stability (collection to initiation of testing): Ambient: 3 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: 2 months