|Test Name||Eosinophils (Nasal Or Sput)|
|Alias||Sputum Smear for Eosinophils|
Nasal Smear for Eosinophils
|Preferred Specimen||Nasal secretions on swabs in clean plain tube;|
Lower respiratory specimens in clean container;
Air dried smears of nasal secretions or respiratory specimens.
|Optimum Volume||Smears: 2|
Lower Respiratory Specimen: 1 mL
|Collection Instructions||Requisition must state site of specimen collection.|
|Handling Instructions||A biosafety hood must be used when preparing smears of lower respiratory specimens|
Refrigerate swabs and Lower Respiratory Specimens if transport >6 hours.
|Transport Requirements||Oahu: Ambient|
Send slides at room temperature.
|Specimen Stability||Ambient: Unstained Smears = 24 Hours; Swabs in transport media and Lower Respiratory Specimens = 6 hours|
Refrigerated: Swabs and Lower Respiratory Specimens = 48 Hours
|Rejection Criteria||Frozen, Insufficient quantity, Sputolysed sputum, Swabs received in transport media, Slides received in Cytology fixative, Specimen older than stability limits.|
|Analytic Time||1 Day|
|Methodology||Microscopic evaluation of stained smear|
The reference ranges listed below are valid on this date of April 20, 2021.
|Component||Age||Male Norm||Male Critical Low||Male Critical High||Female Norm||Female Critical High||Female Critical Low||Units||Add'l info|
|Eosinophils (Nasal Or Sput)||ALL||NONE SEEN||NONE SEEN|