ARCHIVED LABORATORY BULLETINS

2009

ProvLab is resuming influenza and respiratory virus testing from hospital and community patients. (December 10, 2009)

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Resumption of Clinical MRSA Surveillance by PFGE Typing (November 26, 2009)

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Temporary Suspension of Clinical MRSA Surveillance PFGE (November 4, 2009)

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Use of Point of Care Devices for Pandemic Influenza Testing (November 4, 2009)

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Pandemic Laboratory Alert - 2009-Oct-26

Guidelines for Autopsies of Patients Who Died of Known or Suspected Infections with Pandemic A (H1N1) 2009 (# 2009-16)

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Guidelines for Monitoring Viral Shedding in ICU Patients Infected with Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (# 2009-15)

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Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM): Important Changes When Ordering Influenza and Respiratory Viruses Tests (# 2009-14)

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Directive to use NEW “Requisition for Influenza & Respiratory Virus Testing During the Pandemic (# 2009-13)

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Discontinuation of EI Numbers 236, 238 & 307 Used for Prioritizing Respiratory Virus Testing in First Wave of Pandemic (# 2009-12)

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Clarify Laboratory Testing and Turn-around Time for Influenza A (seasonal and Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus) and other Respiratory Viruses (# 2009-11)

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Information Form for Malaria PCR Test (# 2009-10)

In regards to the malaria PCR test for Plasmodium species confirmation, it has become necessary to include an Information Form to be submitted with the sample and accompanying requisition. Read More...
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Testing and Interpretation of Laboratory Results for Influenza A (seasonal and swine origin influenza virus) and other Respiratory Viruses (# 2009-9)

Background information and brief description of the various assays and the interpretation of the results that arise. Read More...

West Nile Virus Diagnostic Testing - Update for 2009 (# 2009-8)

West Nile virus diagnostic testing 2009 commences 1st June 2009 Read More...

West Nile Virus Screening 2009 (# 2009-7)

West Nile virus screening commences 1st June 2009 Read More...

Temporary Suspension of MRSA Surveillance PFGE (# 2009-6)

In order to continue to meet the workload requirements for high volume testing associated with the H1N1 S-OIV outbreak, it is necessary to temporarily discontinue routine surveillance testing (PFGE) for 1st clinical MRSA isolates. Read More...

Notification of Enhanced Outbreak Investigation (# 2009-5)

To provide the most efficient response to the swine flu outbreak as well as the associated surge of respiratory specimens, ProvLab is making temporary adjustments in respiratory testing algorithms. Read More...

Laboratory Testing for Travel Related Influenza-Like Illness (# 2009-4)

Testing for the novel swine influenza type A (subtype H1N1) virus is restricted to returning travelers and their immediate contacts if they have symptoms consistent with influenza-like illness. Read More...

Mycobacteriology Testing - Microbiologist-on-Call Consultation for Discordant Laboratory and Clinical Findings (# 2009-3)

Mycobacteriology Testing is provided by the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab) with services offered in both the Edmonton and Calgary sites. On occasion, clinicians managing patients with potential Mycobacterium tuberculosis disease may encounter clinical situations whereby the clinical findings are not compatible with the laboratory findings. Read More...

Update of Guide to Services (# 2009-2)

The Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (Microbiology) [ProvLab] and the Medical Microbiology Laboratory (University of Alberta Hospital) are pleased to announce that an updated version of the Guide to Services (Version 4.0) is now available on the ProvLab website. Read More...

Clarification of local viral molecular testing available on CSF and special send-out and reference approvals for non-routine CSF requests (# 2009-1)

This bulletin provides clarification of local testing and changes to procedure for approval of viral CSF and send-out reference testing effective 12th January 2009. Read More...



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