Sample requirements


Preferred Samples

(Based on standard evacuated tube size)

Alloantibody investigation 2 x 6 ml EDTA
ABO / Rh grouping problem 6 ml EDTA
Extended RBC phenotype 6 ml EDTA
Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia / positive DAT 2 x 6 ml EDTA
Transfusion reaction investigation

6 ml EDTA pretransfusion sample

6 ml EDTA post transfusion sample

Giving set / remnants of transfused unit(s)

Compatibility testing 6 ml EDTA
Haemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) 4 ml or 6 ml EDTA cord blood sample
Paternal phenotyping 6 ml EDTA
All other investigations contact the Reference Laboratory  


  • Samples should be collected and labelled in accordance with the ANZSBT 'Guidelines  For Pretransfusion Testing’ particularly if blood is likely to be required for transfusion.
  • Labelling of samples should correspond to the details provided on the request form.
  • The following information should be included with samples:
    • Full address for correspondence
    • Indication of urgency
    • Copies of worksheets with results of tests already performed
  • Samples should be shipped at ambient temperature to arrive at Reference Laboratory within 24 hours of collection.
  • Urgent samples may be sent by courier ensuring door-to-door delivery.
  • Samples must be safely packaged in accordance with national and international postal and/or IATA regulations.

Delivery address for samples.

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