Pathology Handbook

Blood Group & antibodies and save serum

Synonyms

Blood Group; Group; Group and Save

Clinical Indications

for patients likely to require a blood transfusion

Request Form 

Request on ICE

Availability

On request.

Specific Criteria

Relative to previous transfusion history, please call laboratory

Turnaround Time

Normally same day.

If irregular red cell antibodies detected repeat samples may need to be sent away to referral laboratory (NHSBT). Turnaround on referral tests are 10 working days. If required urgently contact laboratory

Specimen

Whole blood in pink Blood transfusion (EDTA) tube

Samples must be labelled in full and signed by person collecting the blood, in accordance with the Blood Transfusion specimen acceptance policy

Volume

6 mL

Container

Pink ETDA BT

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled /unsigned sample. Incorrect or inadequate patient identifiers provided. Insufficient sample volume. Poor sample quality due to deterioration, haemolysis, presence of clot