Item Value
Test name Malaria Smear
Available Stat? Yes, thin smear only
Turn around times A preliminary report, based on the reading of one thin smear, is available within 2 hours for stats and 4-12 hours for routine samples. Thick smears are read Monday-Friday 0800-1500 hours only. Final report is sent after thick smears are read.
In House Availability Stat: Daily, all shifts

Routine: Daily until 9:00 PM
Performed by Microbiology, Parnassus & Mission Bay Hematology
Normal range Negative
Container type Lavender top (Dark green top acceptable)
Amount to Collect 3 mL blood
Collection Instructions Deliver to lab within 1 hour of collection. If possible, samples from Moffitt-Long inpatients and ED should be walked directly to the STAT window in Clinical Lab Specimen Processing (5th floor Moffitt) by an attendant.

Order stat only if results required for immediate care decisions (e.g. patient extremely ill, potentially requiring admission or suspected of having cerebral malaria).

Note exact time of blood draw on sample and provide history of travel, residence, prophylaxis and/or therapy received before the specimen was obtained. Indicate if other parasites (e.g. Babesia) are suspected.

The optimal time to collect a specimen is midway between chills (before a fever spike is anticipated). If the first specimen is negative for malarial parasites, submit specimens q12-24h for 72 hours.
Sample type EDTA whole blood (Heparinized acceptable)

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667