Blood Bank

Preferred Sample Type


Suitable Specimen Types

  • EDTA Whole Blood

Sample Processing in Laboratory

Sample Preparation

Turnaround Time

48 Hours

Sample Stability


General Information

A Kleihauer is performed to estimate feto-maternal haemorrhage (FMH). Anti-D will be issued to RhDNegative mums depending upon the degree of FMH. Anti-D should be administered within 72 hours of delivery. Samples exceeding a 2ml bleed will automatically be referred for FMH quantitation by flow cytometry in line with BCSH guidelines. See also FMH in Test Database.

Patient Preparation

Maternal samples should be sent in a 6ml EDTA. If post delivery Kleihauer, please ensure a cord sample in a 3ml EDTA and labelled with mum's forename, surname, maternal PID no. and DOB. The sample should be marked as CORD.


None Given

Reference Range

None Given


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status: NEQAS

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