Browsing Tag

August 2016

Advanced Technology Laboratory, Cytogenetics, Flow Cytometry, General Information, Molecular Diagnostics

Advanced Technology Laboratory plays an important role in Oncology

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory (SHRL) was featured on EightWest on WOOD TV8 on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Dr. Stephanie F. Williams, Division Chief of Spectrum Health Adult Bone and Marrow Transplant, and Kim Collison, Director of Laboratory Services, talk about the importance and benefits of having SHRL’s Advanced Technology Laboratory right here in West Michigan.

The Advanced Technology Laboratory is “extremely important, particularly for patients with certain cancers…”

“It helps us to diagnose the patients faster and more accurately; to follow the progress of their disease during the treatments that we give, and even at times to guide us in what is the best treatment for a patient…”

“Within 2 hours we had the answer. We did not have to send that specimen out to another laboratory in another state.”

-Stephanie F. Williams, MD, Division Chief, Spectrum Health Adult Bone and Marrow Transplant

Microbiology, Test Utilization

Enteric Pathogens by PCR replacing Stool Culture Orderable

Effective August 18, 2016, the Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory Microbiology Department will begin offering the Verigene® Enteric Pathogens Test, a new rapid molecular test that simultaneously detects and identifies the following pathogenic enteric bacteria, viruses, and toxins that commonly cause acute community-acquired diarrhea. Testing occurs directly from stool in Cary-Blair preservative with a 1 day turnaround time (2-3 days faster than current methods). Continue Reading

Microbiology

New Orderable: Gram stain for BV and Yeast

The new orderable for the Gram stain for BV and yeast is available

The Gram stain for bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of various vaginal infections. The Gram stain utilizes the Nugent scoring method to evaluate the ratios of Lactobacillus, Gardnerella vaginalis, Mobiluncus, and Atopobium vaginae. Accurate diagnosis of BV relies upon both the increase in abundance of specific urogenital pathogens (such as Gardnerella) as well as the concordant decrease in the amount of otherwise protective “usual flora” (Lactobacillus). In addition to scoring the abundance of these organisms, the Gram stain may also be used to quantify yeast making suspected contributions to BV. Continue Reading

General Information

Supply Change Notification – Laboratory Specimen Home Collection Brochure

Laboratory Specimen Home Collect Brochure Cover

Laboratory Services has consolidated the patient collection instructions for take home collection (i.e. stool, urine, etc.) into one brochure.

The brochure includes collection instructions for

  • 24 Hour Urine
  • Clean Catch Midstream (CCMS)
  • First Void Urine (“Dirty Urine”)
  • Kidney Stone Analysis
  • Pinworm
  • Sputum
  • Stool

Internal Offices may order these from Document Services using their order form to order #X17776. External Offices may order these from Laboratory Courier Services using the Supply Order Form.