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Test Code BLOD0919 ABO and Rh Type, Blood

Useful For

Determining the blood type (ABO/Rh) of a patient's red blood cells.


Capture solid phase automation and manual blood banking methods

Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Whole blood

Container/Tube: Pink top preferred (K2 EDTA),  or Purple top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 6 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions:  Do not centrifuge. Forward unprocessed whole blood promptly.

Specimen Rejection: Gel tubes are not acceptable.  Specimen must be labeled properly.  This test is affected by gross hemolysis.

Note: If specimen being drawn may be used for a possible transfusion, refer to test BLOD0947 TYPE AND SCREEN for banded specimen collection instructions and blood product transfusion instructions.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient <24 hours/Refrigerated >24 hours

Specimen Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole Blood EDTA Ambient 24 hours
  Refrigerated 10 days


Reference Values

Type: A, B, O, AB, A2

Rh: Positive or Negative

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


86901-Rh type