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Published on January 24, 2018
BF Profile BF Cell Count
All body fluids except CSF needing a cell count Ex.: Joint Fluid, Pericardial Fluid, Pleural fluid, Paracentesis fluid, Thorocentesis Fluid, Amniotic fluid, etc.
Sterile container or if prone to clot such as knee fluid, fluid may be placed in a lavender EDTA tube.
Collected by the physician.
3 ml preferred and minimum 1ml
Specimen Processing Instructions
Transport within 1 hour of collection
Refrigerated 2 hours
Clotted fluid Mucoid fluid
No WBC's seen.
Cell Count and differential
If enough volume, Cell Count performed by automated microscopy and if quantity is not sufficient, manual hemacytometer method performed.
Daily, Monday - Sunday
Reviewed by Sandy Hammett on January 24, 2018
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