Test Name

Sedimentation Rates (ESR)

Specimen Type & Acceptability

EDTA Whole Blood
48 hours refrigerated

General Use

Nonspecific test used to detect illness associated with acute and chronic infections, inflammation and other disease states and disorders.

CPT Code(s)


Special Instructions

Immediately invert 8-10 times after collection to mix with anticoagulant and send the entire tube to the Laboratory.

Container/Tube Type


3 mL

Suggested Tube Types


Typical Volume

Gold Top Serum Separator Tube (SST)

⋜ 5 mL

Tiger Top Serum Separator Tube (SST)
^For larger volume tests

> 5 mL

Red Top Tube (No additive)

⋜ 5 mL

EDTA Whole Blood

3 mL

3.2 % Sodium Citrate Whole Blood

2.7 mL

Lithium Heparin Plasma Separator Tube

⋜ 5 mL