General Information

Specimen Collection Updates – September 2021

The following information was updated in the Spectrum Health Laboratory Catalog.

Test Updates:

Ova & Parasite – New Ask at Order questions added

Ionized Calcium – Standardized collection requirements depending on patient type (CritCare, Inpatient and Outpatient)

Important Note “Specimens received in the Molecular Department by 11:00 AM Monday through Friday will be resulted the same day. For any specimens of an urgent nature that may arrive after the designated cutoff times, please contact the Molecular Department.” added to

Cytomegalovirus CMV Quantitative PCR Blood/Plasma

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) PCR DNA Quantitative

Adenovirus PCR, Quantitative, Plasma/Whole Blood

Testing Frequency updated for

Monoclonal Gammopathy – Available Monday through Friday

Kappa and Lambda Free Light Chains – Available Monday through Friday

C-diff specimen type updated to liquid/loose stool

Hepatitis C Virus RNA Quantitation by RT-PCR – Specimen stability updated for ambient whole blood from 24 hours to 4 hours

Document Updates:

The following documents were updated. To request copies, use the supply form or the contact us link above.

Collection Devices Poster – Updated images and test clarification.

Quick and Easy Colorectal Cancer Screening at Home – Added to Spectrum Health Document Services for ordering (X26218)

MEC Approved Reflex Testing


EMR/LIS (eSHare) Updates:

The following lab tests had updated information for interfaced clients with Spectrum Health. If you did not receive the file definition via email, please contact your vendor, the PRAS Team or use the contact us link above.

New Test: SHS Staff Exposure Hepatitis (1230836)

Result Change: SHS Staff Exposure (1230440)

New Questions: Ova and Parasite Complete (50033)

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