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​Test for Fetal Hemoglobin

Transfusion Medicine

​Specimen Requirements​

  • ​Whole blood
​Required Volume

Saskatoon and Humboldt:

  • ​Optimal Volume: 4.0 mL
  • Minimum Volume: 1.0 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 24 hours of collection
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​



  • 24 hours per day, 7 day per week 


  • Referred to Saskatoon
​Testing Site​Saskatoon:
  • RUH on site testing available 24 hours/7 days
Results Reporting​


  • Within 24 hours of receipt in Transfusion Medicine


  • Within four hours of receipt in Transfusion Medicine

Note: Due to the length of the testing method results are not available prior to 1 hour from the time of receipt in Transfusion Medicine.

  • ​Fetal Cell Stain Kit
​Specimen Retention
  • ​5 weeks, however additional testing should be performed within 24 hours of collection
Alternate Test Names​
  • ​Kleihauer Betke
  • Fetal Hemoglobin
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • ​BBSPC (For Laboratory Use Only)

Test Ordering Requirements​ ​

​Forms Required

Patient History​ ​

​Relevant Clinical History
  • ​Diagnosis


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-340 v1

Last Modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 |
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