General Information

Chlamydia and Gonococcus Testing Update (Abbott multi-collect)

Beginning October 1, 2022, Spectrum Health Laboratory will update the current Chlamydia and Gonococcus testing using Abbott multi-Collect kit  and Abbott m2000 platform to the Abbott Alinity m multi-Collect kit and Alinity m platform. This platform update will include an orderable name change and change in collection materials.

Why this change?

This change will give increased sensitivity (i.e., lower limits) for results and the ability to test for other STI pathogens with one specimen in the near future.

What is being replaced?

Currently we will be switching the testing for Chlamydia (CT) and Gonococcus (NG) PCR testing.

Replaces: Chlamydia/Gonococcus PCR, Urine [LAB744] and Chlamydia/Gonococcus PCR, Genital Swab [LAB2111533]
Replaces: Chlamydia PCR, Urine [LAB260] and Chlamydia PCR, Genital Swab [LAB740]
Replaces: Gonococcus PCR, Urine [LAB2111089] and Gonococcus PCR, Genital Swab [LAB785]

Along with changes to the orderable, the collection device will also be updated.

• Collection tubes will be updated from the white labelled Abbott multi-collect tube [ITM-1093897] to the blue labelled Alinity m multi-collect tube [ITM-1190747] for both genital swab and urine testing.
NOTE: Genital swabs are the preferred specimen type for females rather than urine. Female urine specimens are pending FDA approval but are approved as a Lab Developed Test.

More Information

• Spectrum Health sites (including SHMG), please order kits via Workday [ITM-1190747]
• Non-Spectrum Health sites (“independent providers”) please use the supply form and continue to order “STD Multi-Collection Kit”.
• The white labelled tubes Abbott multi-collect kits can continue to be submitted until you receive your new shipment as they are validated to be ran on this new platform. When you receive your new Abbott m tubes, if you have white labelled Abbott multi-collect tubes in your office, you may return them to Spectrum Health Lab Central via courier. Please place in a bag with “Attn: Joyce”.
• This update will not impact APTIMA tests or APTIMA collection devices.
• This testing is not validated on pediatric patients under the age of 14 years old. Testing for these patient populations should use APTIMA.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the call center at 616-774-7721 or email laboratoryservices@spectrumhealth.org.

 

eSHare/Interface Users

Discontinue

  • Chlamydia Trachomatis DNA Urine [11086]
  • Chlamydia PCR (Endocervical or Urethral) [10105]
  • Gonococcus Only PCR Urine [11242],
  • Gonococcus PCR (Endocervical or Urethral) [10574]
  • Chlamydia/GC DNA Urine [10841]
  • Chlamydia/GC PCR (Endocervical or Urethral) [11222]

Replace with new tests

  • Chlamydia/Gonococcus PCR [1230885]
    • Results: Chlamydia PCR [12309895]
    • Results: Gonococcus PCR [12309896]
    • Ask at Order Entry (AOE) Question: LAB347 “Specimen Type” Multiple Choice options: Urine OR Swabbed Collection
  • Chlamydia PCR [1230886]
    • Results: Chlamydia PCR [12309895]
    • Ask at Order Entry (AOE) Question: LAB347 “Specimen Type” Multiple Choice options: Urine OR Swabbed Collection
  • Gonococcus PCR [1230887]
    • Results: Gonococcus PCR [12309896]
    • Ask at Order Entry (AOE) Question: LAB347 “Specimen Type” Multiple Choice options: Urine OR Swabbed Collection

Please update your EMR/LIS as needed with the following information. To test new codes or for any questions, please contact the PRAS team or use the Contact Us link above and choose “Information Services and Technology”. For information on specimen requirements, please visit the Test Catalog at spectrumhealth.testcatalog.org. For urgent requests, please contact the Spectrum Health Helpdesk and place a ticket.

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