Red Blood Cell count
2-8 C (ice packs) or ambient
store at 2-8 C up to 24 hours, CBC’s not viable after 24 hours
EDTA Draw tube at least half full
Male: 4.06-5.58 10e6/uL Female: 3.6-4.69 10e6/uL
Flow Cytometric techniques
Decreased-Anemia, bleeding, bone marrow failure, erythropoietin deficiency, hemolysis due to transfusion, blood vessel injury, leukemia, malnutrition, multiple myeloma, overhydration, pregnancy, too little iron, copper, folic acid, vitamin B6 or B12 in the diet, chemotherapy drugs. Elevated-cigarette smoking, congenital heart disease, failure of the right side of the heart(cor pulmonale), dehydration, renal cell carcinoma, hypoxia, pulmonary fibrosis, polycythemia vera, certain drugs.