Ordering Recommendation

Use as a nonspecific screen for hemolysis due to drugs/toxins, enzyme deficiencies, thalassemias, and unstable hemoglobins.

Mnemonic
HEINZ
Methodology

Supravital Stain

Performed

Mon-Fri

Reported

1-4 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Green (Sodium or Lithium Heparin).

Specimen Preparation

Transport 5 mL whole blood. (Min: 2 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions

Samples greater than 96 hours old.  Specimens from infants under 6 months of age; test results are unreliable.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: unacceptable; Refrigerated: 96 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Effective August 17, 2015.
Direct: Negative
Induced: Normal

Interpretive Data

Refer to report.

No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note
Hotline History
N/A
Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0049080 Heinz Body Stain, Direct 716-1
0049085 Heinz Body Stain, Induced 33057-1
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Aliases
  • Heinz-Erlich bodies
  • Unstable Hemoglobin
Heinz Body Stain