Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Sickle Cell Screen

Test Name: Sickle Cell Screen
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: 4 mL K2 or K3 EDTA Lavender top Vacutainer tube

Pediatric:
0-2 years: 0.5 mL Lavender top Microtainer
2-10 years: 2 mL Lavender top tube
Collection Information: Collect blood aseptically in a Vacutainer tube.

Sickle cell screening is unreliable on children <6 months of age.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
4 hours
Stat
1 hour
 
Reference Range: Negative
Effective Date:  
Revised Date: 2019-12-13
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: The test is positive in sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait.
All positives should be further evaluated by Hemoglobin Electrophoresis.
Special Processing:  
Comments: The NOVA CENTURY SCIENTIFIC kit is a qualitative test and does not distinguish between sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait.
Method of Analysis: NOVA CENTURY SCIENTIFIC kit
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Specimen storage is 2-8C (fridge) and kept tightly capped and good for 1-6 weeks.
Transport: 2-8C (with ice but not in direct contact)
System Codes: 
Cerner
SICL
 
Referred To:  

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