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Compliance & Safety, Hematology

CSF Xanthochromia Result Update

Effective February 24, 2021, Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Xanthochromia results of “Present” will be considered a critical laboratory value.

This change was approved by the MEC and driven by a collaboration between neurology and laboratory departments to assist in expediting the diagnosis and management of patients with possible subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).

The following disclaimer will also be attached to all Xanthochromia results: “Xanthochromia is assessed by visual inspection. If the appropriate history and symptoms are present, CSF xanthochromia is suggestive of subarachnoid blood, either as part of an inflammatory reaction such as meningitis, or after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Xanthochromia must be viewed within the appropriate clinical context.”

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TEST INFORMATION:

Cell Count w/ Differential if indicated, Cerebrospinal Fluid – Epic code #LAB2111025, CPT #89050, 89051, 89050, Interface code #10328

Microbiology, Referral/Sendouts, Test Utilization

New Test: Streptococcus pneumoniae Urine Antigen

As of July 11, 2017, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory will offer Streptococcus pneumoniae urine antigen testing. This testing is currently sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories. By bringing testing in-house, result turnaround time will be improved by 1 day, testing will be available 7 days per week (instead of Monday – Friday), and testing can be offered at a reduced charge to our patients. Continue Reading