1 - 4 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for
testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be
allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
Serum or plasma
Gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, blue-top (sodium citrate) tube, red-top tube, or green-top (either lithium or sodium heparin) tube
Centrifuge sample to separate serum or plasma. For non-gel-barrier tubes, transfer serum or plasma to a plastic transport tube.
7 days (stability determined by manufacturer or literature reference)
14 days (stability determined by manufacturer or literature reference)
Up to 6 months (stability determined by manufacturer or literature reference)
Heat-inactivated specimens; pooled specimens; grossly hemolyzed specimens; specimens with fungal growth
To screen individual human donors, including
volunteer donors of whole blood and blood components, and other living
donors for the presence of anti-HTLV-I/HTLV-II
Chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA)