As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) released five recommendations for transfusions:
Effective March 1, 2019, H. pylori IgG serologic testing will be discontinued as an orderable test at Spectrum Health Laboratory. This testing is no longer recommended by clinical guidelines.
For Hemoglobin A1c testing, Mayo Clinic Laboratory has switched to an Ion-Exchange High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method (Bio-RAD D100) which is the same method of A1c testing used at Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory. They no longer offer the alternative method, boronate affinity chromatography, for A1c testing.
When A1c cannot be determined due to interferences that affect the Bio-RAD 100 method, measurement of serum fructosamine is recommended (Mayo test FRUCT).
Effective January 1, 2019, there will be an update to the routine turnaround time parameters from 3 days to 5 days for the following tests:
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.