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September 2021

General Information, Test Spotlight

LIVE Webinar – NEW Colorectal Cancer Screen—Polymedco FIT Kit

Please join us for a 30-minute webinar on our new test for colorectal cancer screening: Occult Blood, CRC Screening.

The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) screening method for hemoglobin in stool is the new standard of care for the early detection of blood which may be associated with colorectal cancer. It is changing the outcome of colorectal cancer.

We are offering two training webinars for our Spectrum Health and SHMG Providers and clinical staff on October 13th and 14th and two for our community providers and clinical staff (non-SHMG) on October 20th and 21st to help provide specific ordering practices.

The goal of this webinar is to address:

♦ Why screening for colorectal cancer is important.

♦ How to order to get supplies of the kit in your office.

♦ How to place the order.

♦ What is in the Polymedco FIT Kit.

♦ Patient collection process.

♦ Important instructions for the patient.

If you cannot attend one of the below webinars or have any questions, please use the Contact Us link above.

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Main lab, Microbiology, Test Utilization

Influenza Testing Reminder

The mitigation strategies enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of this virus have also impacted the transmission of other respiratory viruses. Influenza is typically prevalent during the winter months (December through March), however, influenza cases were essentially non-existent during the 2020-2021 season and influenza is not currently circulating in our community.

In the absence of circulating influenza activity, it is recommended to use the most sensitive diagnostic test in order to obtain accurate and actionable results. Influenza antigen testing (e.g. Sofia instrument) is not appropriate at this time. More detailed information can be found as published by the CDC: Algorithm to assist in the interpretation of influenza testing results and clinical decision-making during periods when influenza viruses are NOT circulating in the community

Low Influenza
prevalence
High influenza
prevalence
Recommended order Influenza PCR (LAB3255) Influenza Rapid Antigen (LAB2111530)
or
Influenza PCR (LAB3255)

TEST INFORMATION

Test name Epic code Interface EMR Code CPT Code
 Influenza PCR  LAB3255 11594 87502
 Influenza Rapid Antigen  LAB2111530 11208 87804 x4