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ID:910 Blood Film
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DescriptionExamination of a fixed and stained blood film can be an essential part of a haematological investigation.
IndicationBlood films are examined under light microscopy in order to assess the numbers and morphological features of blood cells. The blood film is an important tool in the provision of a differential diagnosis.It's major roles are in the differential diagnosis of anaemias, thrombocytopenia and haematological malignancies such as leukaemia and lymphoma. It's also useful in the speedy diagnosis of infections, including malaria.
Additional Info
Concurrent TestsFBC
Dietary RequirementsNone
InterpretationA blood film is examined and interpreted with appropriate comments added and further tests suggested if indicated. A White Blood Cell differential count may also be performed if indicated.

DepartmentBlood Sciences
SampleBlood
TubeEDTA (Haem)
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Collection ConditionsPerformed in conjunction with FBC. Aged samples will be unsuitable for blood film examination due to cellular degeneration caused by EDTA. Maximum acceptable time for “add on” requests: In patient - 8hrs Out patient/GP - up to 24hrs but this may compromise the report due to the above
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IP Acute TAT2 hours
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GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
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Originally edited by : RJAR. Review due on 09/08/2020 10:14:05. Published By Matthew Clifford on 09/08/2019 10:14:05.