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Test ID BLOD5039 BABESIA BLOOD SMEAR EXAMINATION

AKA

Babesia,

Babesia Smear,

Babesiosis

Specimen Type/Requirements

Requires 4 thick and 4 thin peripheral blood smears. Prepare the thick smears by putting one drop of blood from a fingerstick or the tip of a phlebotomy needle onto the end of a slide. Spread the blood around with the corner of another slide to make the smear the size of a dime. A proper thick smear is thin enough that print can be read through it. Prepare thin smears in the same manner a smear for a differential is made.

Transport Temperature

Transport properly labeled unstained smears at room temperature in a slide holder.

Performed Test Frequency

Daily

Methodology

Light microscopy

CPT

87207

Performing Lab

Sanford Fargo