ARCHIVED LABORATORY BULLETINS
Restoration of Laboratory Results in NetCare (# 2008-12)
On Wednesday August 6, 2008, the feed of ProvLab and Division of Medical Microbiology/UAH results into NetCare was temporarily suspended due to a data transmission issue.
Trofile Test Request Process (# 2008-11)
Trofile™ is a complex molecular assay that identifies the tropism of a patient's HIV virus. This assay can be requested for patients only by, or in conjunction with, HIV infectious disease specialists. The sample collection is time sensitive with a strict volume requirement. If these requirements are not met, the test cannot be performed. Read More...
Suspension of Laboratory Results in NetCare (# 2008-10)
On Wednesday August 6, 2008 we became aware of issues with transmission of ProvLab and Division of Medical Microbiology/UAH results into NetCare. The issue is currently under investigation by Information Technology personnel. Until such time as the problem is identified and rectified, the feed of our results to NetCare has been suspended. Read More...
Changes To Testing For Respiratory Viruses In Nasopharyngeal (NP)
Samples (# 2008-9)
Changes to respiratory virus testing for NP samples effective 25th June 2008 will simplify the report (from multi-pages to 1-2) and enhance the range of viruses identified. Read More...
Changes to Routine Testing for Enteroviruses (# 2008-8)
Changes to our enterovirus testing effective 16th June 2008
Detection of a broad range of enteroviruses (and other picornaviruses) is best achieved using nucleic acid amplification tests (NATs), as culture is not very sensitive and would not identify some serotypes.
Changes to Routine Testing for Viruses in Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Samples (# 2008-7)
As of June 16th, DFA will not be undertaken on BALs submitted to ProvLab for respiratory virus diagnosis.
Update of Guide to Services (# 2008-6)
The Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (Microbiology) [ProvLab] and the Capital Health Medical Microbiology Laboratory (University of Alberta Hospital) are pleased to announce that an updated version of the Guide to Services (Version 3.0) is now available on the ProvLab website. Read More...
At the request of some of our clients we are providing instructions on searching for a specific word or phrase in the Guide to Services.
Change in Collection Method for Urine Culture and Susceptibility Testing
(Urine C&S) (# 2008-5)
Effective May 20, a new method for collection of urines for culture will be introduced. A BD Vacutainer Cup System (with boric acid preservative) will replace the current Dip N Count® system in use at the University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children's Hospital.
Introduction of Malaria PCR for Plasmodium Species Confirmation (# 2008-4)
Malaria speciation by conventional microscopy is still a mainstay of routine diagnosis, but can be challenging. To improve diagnostic accuracy and speed we are introducing malaria PCR, for species identification and/or confirmation, available province-wide to all pathologists, hematopathologists and microbiologists.
Enhanced Testing for Respiratory Viruses by Implementation of Microarray
Assays (# 2008-3)
Addition to our respiratory virus testing algorithm effective 26th February 2008. We have undertaken evaluation of an FDA-approved nucleic acid test (NAT) array (known as the RVP assay from Luminex molecular diagnostics) for detection of respiratory viruses and found it to have good sensitivity and specificity.
Additional Report Comment for CMV Viral Load (PCR) Results (# 2008-2)
In order to help with interpretation of low-level CMV viral load results,effective February 11, 2008, we will be adding an additional comment to reports where the sample has a CMV viral load of 500-5000 copies/ml. Read More...
HCV RNA Testing- Change in Assay (# 2008-1)
Effective immediately quantitative HCV RNA testing will be performed using the Roche AmpliPrep Taqman® platform. Collection requirements for this test have NOT CHANGED.