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Test Code SQ BAB, EPIC LAB5048 Babesia, Blood


Wright’s Giemsa Stain

Performing Laboratory

Meriter Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:



Specimen Type: Whole blood
Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 2.5 mL



Specimen Type: Blood smears, thin and thick
Container/Tube: Slides

Specimen Volume: 2 to 4 well-prepared thin and 2 to 4 well-prepared thick

Collection Instructions:

1. Make smears from fingerstick or drops of blood from needle following venipuncture is also acceptable.

2. There should be no contact with any type of anticoagulant.

3. To prepare blood smears, use only clean, grease-free slides.

a. For thin blood smears, prepare with a feathered edge; should be no more than a single cell thick.

b. For thick blood smears, place a large drop of blood (preferably from a fingerstick) on slide. Using a corner of second slide, spread drop by scratching carrier slide to make blood adhere.

4. Do not fix; air dry only.

5. Label slides with patient’s full name (first and last) and date and time of collection.

6. Send slides in plastic slide containers.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Whole Blood-Refrigerated


Reference Values

None seen

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Specimen Requirements Additional Information

Specimen Stability:Whole blood is stable refrigerated (2° C-8° C) for 8 hours.

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