Effective January 19, 2019, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory – Toxicology is proud to announce the availability of two new drug screen panels:
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.
Effective December 3rd, 2018, the test code for ANA Screen [LAB147] will be discontinued and replaced with ANA Screen Double Reflex [LAB1230491].
When sending specimens collected in the office, place the Epic/Epic Care Link Lab Orders orange slip in the bag with the specimens. You no longer need to print the Order Requisition out of Epic.
Effective January 1, 2019, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory will no longer offer Magnesium, Red Blood Cell [LAB104] as an option for send out testing. This testing will no longer be available through Spectrum Health’s primary reference laboratory, Mayo Clinic Laboratories. This test will become obsolete on January 7, 2019, due to limited clinical utility.
To maintain optimal specimen integrity, Spectrum Health Laboratory requests that you load your lockbox properly for winter weather temperatures. Please follow the diagram on the right to prevent freezing of specimens.
Frozen specimen should not be left in the lockbox for after-hours pickup. These tests may be better preserved in the office freezer until the next day’s courier pickup.
Request for specimen pickup should be made to the Laboratory Call Center at 616.774.7721.
At this time when Influenza prevalence is not widespread in the community, please order “Influenza A/B PCR” [LAB3255] when testing is needed. This applies to patients at all Grand Rapids and regional hospitals, and also system wide ambulatory patients.
Clinical guidelines no longer recommend serologic testing as a method for the diagnosis of H. pylori infection. Rather than IgG serology testing, other non-invasive testing methods such as H. pylori stool antigen and urea breath tests may be used to both diagnose and monitor response to therapy for H. pylori infection. In anticipation of an increase in stool antigen testing, currently a reference lab send-out test, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory (SHRL) will be implementing this test as of October 29, 2018. By offering this test in-house, results will typically be available one day faster than present state.
As of October 1, 2018, the reference interval for Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody levels has been updated to 0.0 to 34.9 IU/mL from 0.0 to 8.9 IU/mL. This change is due in part to client feedback resulting in an audit of the existing range and leading to discovery that it had not been updated when the instrument had been changed.
We appreciate and welcome any and all client feedback; if you identify what may appear to be an incorrect reference interval, please notify us immediately using the “Contact Us” link above.