There is currently a national shortage of STI collection kits for APTIMA testing. This shortage will affect APTIMA testing for Chlamydia, Gonococcus, Trichomonas and Mycoplasma Genitalium (MGen). Spectrum Health Laboratories does offer alternative collection devices and testing for Chlamydia, Gonococcus and Trichomonas.
Effective immediately, due to low test utilization and the high cost of maintaining proficiency, the Chromosome Analysis Breakage Study will no longer be offered by the Spectrum Health Cytogenetics Department.
If need arises for this test, please place an order for a Reference Miscellaneous (EPIC# LAB848) and enter “Test 140 DEB Breakage Study to Integrated Genetics” in the comments. The testing will be sent out through Spectrum Health Referrals Department to Integrated Genetics.
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Spectrum Health Laboratories is accepting COVID test orders from Spectrum Health and outside providers. For additional information, please refer to our Outpatient Provider Office Collection Information Packet. This packet contains ordering and supply information as well as other related information.
•Spectrum Health Laboratory offers nasal self-collection observation at select draw sites.
•If you’re interested in having your patient tested via nasopharyngeal swab and you cannot collect specimens in your office, please direct your patient to the screening hotline: 833.559.0659. Screening is required before COVID collection and testing can occur for the hotline. If a patient already has a nasopharyngeal or nares order and would like to schedule a collection via phone, they can call 616-391-2380.
• Patients can also self screen and schedule through the MyChart App
Providers: COVID-19 testing criteria:
LINK: Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDC guidelines)
LINK: Testing criteria (CDC guidelines)
Facilities: If you would like to receive testing for your staff and/or residents please follow these instructions:
•Call: 616-486-1075 or
Outpatient Draw Site Hours:
Outpatient draw site hours and availability may have changed. Please refer to Find-A-Doc for more information.
• Link: Find-A-Doc Location
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs are the preferred specimen type.
If NP swabs cannot be collected, anterior nasal swabs may be collected as an alternative with slightly reduced sensitivity.
As of November 25th 2019 the following tests for Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) IgM antibody testing will be obsoleted.
Herpes IgM Antibody Screen – LAB3576
Herpes Simplex Panel – LAB1230539
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) testing is available to be ordered individually on serum or CSF. A panel for multiple Arboviruses is also available on both serum and CSF. Both tests are sent to Mayo Clinical Laboratories. Please order “Reference Lab Send Out for Miscellaneous Tests” for each test ordered and indicate test name in the required order field.
In both the inpatient and outpatient settings, the laboratory has supplied 24 hour urine containers with preservative such as acetic acid, sodium hydroxide, and boric acid. Upon review of specimen stability requirements, it has been determined that a preservative is not needed prior to collection of most 24 hour urine tests as long as the 24 hour container is kept refrigerated or on ice during the collection period.