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
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).
Spectrum Health Laboratory strives to ensure that all marketing of laboratory services is honest, straightforward, fully informative and non-deceptive. The Spectrum Health’s Code of Conduct dictates that quality laboratory practices are followed and laboratory marketing activities must meet all government laws and regulations.
Tests not performed by Spectrum Health Regional Laboratories (SHRL) will be sent to an appropriate reference laboratory. Mayo Medical Laboratories is our major reference lab; however, not all tests are performed at that location. Please refer to the laboratory test catalog for specific testing locations. (http://spectrumhealth.testcatalog.org/)
Listed below are the Cardiolipin Antibody tests available in the Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory (SHRL) catalog. Please review the tests and the recommended test utilities.
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.
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
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.