Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Indirect Coombs Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionThis test is done to detect antibodies against red blood cells in the bloodstream.
SynonymsIndirect antihuman globulin test (IAT)
Patient PreparationThere is no special preparation required for this test.
Sample TypeWhole blood
Sample volume4 mL
Sample collection ContainerEDTA tube (purple top)
Sample collection instructionsSample should be mixed gently by inverting eight times immediately after collection"," for proper mixing of blood with the EDTA.
Sample storageSamples should be refrigerated if sampling is not done within 24hrs.
Results TurnaroundWithin a day of sample collection.
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsThis test is done prior to transfusion to determine how the recipient will react to the transfusion. It is also done as part of pre-natal testing in pregnant women.