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Babesia NAT

Also Known as (Alias) Babesia by Nucleic Acid Testing
Indications Blood Donor Screening, Living Donor Screening such as organ and tissue donation. Assay is not suitable for post-mortem samples. Assay is not intended for diagnostic use.
Method Roche cobas® Nucleic acid test for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 Systems
Real Time PCR, Qualitative
Test Information The cobas® Babesia test for use on the cobas® 6800 and cobas® 8800 Systems is a qualitative in vitro nucleic acid screening test for the direct detection of Babesia DNA and RNA in human whole blood samples.
Sample Requirements Dedicated EDTA tube. When a full 6 mL tube is submitted, may be combined with a request for Zika-NAT and/or WNV-NAT.

For routine blood donor testing, Bloodworks will provide the Roche Whole Blood Collection Tube; preferred as it does not require additional preparation.

The Becton-Dickenson PPT is not acceptable for Babesia NAT as the testing is performed on the Red Blood Cells.

Requested Volume Dedicated EDTA tube. When a full 6 mL tube is submitted, may be combined with a request for Zika-NAT and/or WNV-NAT.
For routine blood donor testing, Bloodworks will provide the Roche Whole Blood Collection Tube; preferred as it does not require additional preparation.
Minimum Volume or Pediatric volume 6 ml
Sample Information 1.5 ml
Shipping Information Samples collected in a plain EDTA tube are acceptable for 10 days at a combination of room temperature (up to 72 hours at ≤ 25°C) and at 2-8°C. The Roche Whole Blood Collection Tube is acceptable for up to 10 days at 2-8°C.
Requisition Form Donor Testing RFT
Transaction Code 3078-26
Test Schedule 7 days per week
Turn around Time (analytic time) 12 PM following day; STAT testing available for organ transplant testing
Report/ Results Negative, Positive, Unresolved

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