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Spectrum Health Laboratories Pass Systemwide CAP Inspection

The Laboratories at Spectrum Health recently passed a systemwide inspection from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).   Fifteen inspectors from four different laboratories around the country inspected our main regional laboratory here in Grand Rapids as well as our laboratories at Big Rapids, Gerber, Blodgett, Kelsey, Ludington, Pennock, Reed City, United and Zeeland. 

The College of American Pathologists is considered the gold standard for assessing quality lab work. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960’s and is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. It is a peer-review process where laboratories are inspected by their peers every two years. 

During the accreditation process, inspectors spent four days and traveled over 550 miles examining laboratory records, quality-control procedures, qualifications of staff, equipment, facilities, safety programs, and overall management at each of our laboratories.  This included reviewing many of our 8289 standards.  Although our Grand Rapids laboratories were inspected by CAP early last spring, and many of our community hospital labs were evaluated separately over the last two years, this was the first time our system was inspected as a whole. 

Spectrum Health Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP –accredited laboratories worldwide! CAP inspections promote better patient care by constantly challenging laboratories to improve; ensure the highest quality standards are maintained and that results are reported to healthcare providers accurately and in a timely manner.

Congratulations to all of our Laboratories and Staff!

Chemistry, Compliance & Safety, General Information

Reference Range Update – OB Magnesium, Blood Level

Effective immediately, the OB Magnesium (Mg) reference range has been updated from 1.6 to 2.5 mg/dL to 4.8 to 8.0 mg/dL, to reflect the correct therapeutic range for patients receiving magnesium sulfate therapy. The non-OB magnesium reference range is unchanged.

Please direct questions and inquiries to Dr. Jennifer Stumph via the Contact Us link above.

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OB Magnesium, Blood LevelEpic code #LAB3400, Interface code #11703, CPT code #83735

Chemistry, General Information

Reference Range Update: Microalbumin AMR

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory is adjusting the Microalbumin Analytic Measurement Range (AMR) in order to standardize within the Spectrum Health Hospital System and to align with our vendor’s (Roche Diagnostics) recommendations. The lower limit of the Microalbumin AMR will be changed from 0.50 to 1.20 mg/dL. Results below the AMR will now be reported as < 1.20 mg/dL. The upper limit will remain the same at 444.00 mg/dL. Continue Reading