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​Cord Blood Testing

Transfusion Medicine

​Ordering Recommendation

  • ​Cord blood testing shall be performed when mother is Rh Negative or where a maternal antibody has been identified

​Specimen Requirements​

  • ​Cord blood
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Specimen labelling requirements – label with:
    • Baby’s gender, last name, health services number (HSN), date of birth AND
    • Mother’s first and last name, health services number (HSN) and date of birth
​Required Volume
  • ​Optimal Volume: 4.mL
  • Minimum Volume: 1 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection.)
  • ​Store at 2 - 8º C 
  • Must be tested within 72 hours of colelction
Grounds for Rejection​


Testing Information​ ​

  • Saskatoon (RUH):  24 hours per day, 7 day per week
  • Humboldt: on site testing available 0700-1730 Mon-Fri, 0800-1600 weekends/stats, call-back after hours
  • Rural other than Humboldt: not available
Results Reporting​
  • Within 24 hours of receipt in Transfusion Medicine
​Reflex Testing
  • ​Minimum testing includes forward ABO group, Rh type and DAT on cord samples received
    • Additional testing as indicated by initial cord and/or maternal test result
​Clinical Interpretation
  • ​Direct Antiglobulin Test (DAT) - a postive result may be indicative of red cell hemolysis contributing to neonatal jaundice
  • Rh positive cord blood result will confirm the need for administration of RhIg to an Rh negative mother
Alternate Test Names​
  • ​Cord
  • Cord Blood
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • ​BBSPC (For Laboratory Use Only)

Test Ordering Requirements​ ​

​Forms Required
  • ​Saskatoon/ Humboldt/Rosthern: Test Request Form#101058
    • Saskatoon: Label with the baby’s gender and last name, personal health number and date of birth and mother’s first and last name, personal health number and date of birth

Patient History​ ​

​Relevant Clinical History
  • ​Maternal blood group and presence of allo-antibodies


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-44 v3

Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 |
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