Pathology Specimen Handbook

Recent changes for all departments


 Recent changes for 14-3-3 PROTEIN CSF TEST

Recent changes for 14-3-3 PROTEIN CSF TEST
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
3rd May 2021Alternative namesCJD, PRION PROTEIN, Creutzfeldt Jacob DiseaseCJD, PRION PROTEIN, Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease, Tau Protein Test
Volume (Adults)1 mL2 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume1 mL2 mL

 Recent changes for ALPHA GALACTOSIDASE, FABRY DISEASE SCREEN

Recent changes for ALPHA GALACTOSIDASE, FABRY DISEASE SCREEN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
9th June 2021Alternative namesa-galactosidase Fabry

 Recent changes for ALPHA GLUCOSIDASE POMPE DISEASE SCREEN

Recent changes for ALPHA GLUCOSIDASE POMPE DISEASE SCREEN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
9th June 2021Alternative namesalpha-glucosidase POMPE
Collection & Request Instructions

Please notify the Chemical Pathologist of the collection and when it is sent to the laboratory

 Recent changes for ALPHA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS

Recent changes for ALPHA THALASSAEMIA GENE ANALYSIS
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th January 2021Request GroupGENTRAN, EXGENGENTRAN

 Recent changes for AMYLASE (FLUID)

Recent changes for AMYLASE (FLUID)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
31st May 2021Request GroupZLIPASE ZAMSZAMS

 Recent changes for ANTI NEUTROPHIL ANTIBODIES

Recent changes for ANTI NEUTROPHIL ANTIBODIES
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
16th April 2021Preferred Container TypeSerum - Gel tube - Contains Clot ActivatorSerum - Gel tube - Contains Clot Activator
EDTA Whole Blood
Collection & Request Instructions

Sample requirements:  

Adult 12 mL EDTA and 12mL serum (clot)

Child 4 - 6 mL EDTA and 1-2 mL serum (clot)

Samples to be stored and transported at room temperature.

 

Collection requirements:

Contact VTIS Reception prior to collection of all neutrophil antibody requests: phone: (03) 9694-0354, or email: VTISAdminVIC@redcrossblood.org.au

Collection for this test must occur after 3pm on the Monday and arrive in the VTIS laboratory by 9am on Tuesday morning (Neutrophils must be isolated for testing before the 18 hours following collection)

 Recent changes for BCR-ABL1 MUTATION

Recent changes for BCR-ABL1 MUTATION
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
10th May 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Collect specimen in a dedicated tube for molecular testing.

1. PAXgene specimens can be collected any time as they are viable for three days. Collect specimens via butterflies as there is a possible backflow of the liquid inside the PAXgene tube if a vacutainer is used.

2. EDTA specimens can be collected any time from Monday to Thursday and only before 12pm on Friday. Ensure specimens collected on Friday reach the GMP lab in Clayton before 3pm.

Collect specimen in a dedicated tube for molecular testing.

1. PAXgene specimens can be collected any time as they are viable for three days. Collect specimens via butterflies as there is a possible backflow of the liquid inside the PAXgene tube if a vacutainer is used.

2. EDTA specimens can be collected any time from Monday to Thursday and only before 12pm on Friday. Ensure specimens collected on Friday reach the GMP lab in Clayton before 3pm.

3. SA Pathology samples can be collected between Mon-Fri by 10:00am. Collect 20ml EDTA Whole blood. Register as MISCH. Notify Special Haematology on ext 43490. Samples must reach Special Haematology by 2:00pm to prepare sendout. Transport at R/T. 

 Recent changes for BCRABL

Recent changes for BCRABL
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
7th June 2021FrequencyWeekly

 Recent changes for BETA GLUCOCEREBROSIDASE GAUCHER DISEASE SCREEN

Recent changes for BETA GLUCOCEREBROSIDASE GAUCHER DISEASE SCREEN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
9th June 2021Alternative namesB-glucocerebrosidase Gaucher
Collection & Request Instructions

Please notify the Chemical Pathologist of the collection and when it is sent to the laboaratory

 Recent changes for BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS CULTURE- This test is no longer performed.

Recent changes for BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS CULTURE- This test is no longer performed.
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Container TypeSterile ContainerFlocked swab with UTM
29th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Please send  a  Nasopharyngeal Flocked swab for Respiratory Multiplex PCR testing

 

Please send  a  Nasopharyngeal Flocked swab for Respiratory Multiplex PCR testing

If Bordetella pertussis culture is required please contact the Medical Microbiologist

 

 

29th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Specimen TypeNasopharyngeal Aspirate (NPA)Nasopharyngeal flocked swab
Collection & Request Instructions

Please send  a Flocked E swab for Respiratory Multiplex testing

 

Please send  a  Nasopharyngeal Flocked swab for Respiratory Multiplex PCR testing

 

29th March 2021Request GrouprmpcrRMPCR
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
29th March 2021Assay nameBORDETELLA PERTUSSIS CULTUREBORDETELLA PERTUSSIS CULTURE- This test is no longer performed.
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request InstructionsRoutine swab not suitable. Send to lab ASAP.

Please send  a Flocked E swab for Respiratory Multiplex testing

 

 Recent changes for BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS IgG SEROLOGY- This test is no longer performed.

Recent changes for BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS IgG SEROLOGY- This test is no longer performed.
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th March 2021Assay nameBORDETELLA PERTUSSIS IgG SEROLOGYBORDETELLA PERTUSSIS IgG SEROLOGY- This test test is no longer performed.

 Recent changes for BRONCHIAL WASHINGS, LAVAGES & TBNA MICROSCOPY & CULTURE

Recent changes for BRONCHIAL WASHINGS, LAVAGES & TBNA MICROSCOPY & CULTURE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

** This registration includes Fungal culture**

Fugal culture only performed on request ie:

Correct Cerner procedure  :RMC1

or Written  appropriate clinical notes

 Recent changes for BRUCELLA SEROLOGY

Recent changes for BRUCELLA SEROLOGY
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
2nd June 2021Alternative namesBrucella screening test
Collection & Request InstructionsA negative Rose Bengal test generally excludes a diagnosis of Brucellosis. The SAT detects IgM and complete IgG in acute disease. The Coombs test detects 'incomplete' IgG in chronic disease
FrequencyOn request

 Recent changes for CALCIUM (IONISED)

Recent changes for CALCIUM (IONISED)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
16th December 2020Preferred Container TypeSerum - Gel tube - Contains Clot ActivatorArterial syringe
Heparin Plasma (Gel)
Collection & Request InstructionsCan also be collected into Calcium titrated heparin syringe or calcium titrated heparin capillary tubes. Do not used tourniquet.

Do not used tourniquet.

 Recent changes for CATHETER TIPS

Recent changes for CATHETER TIPS
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
27th April 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for CHROMIUM plasma

Recent changes for CHROMIUM plasma
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
9th June 2021Assay nameCHROMIUM (Serum or Plasma)CHROMIUM plasma

 Recent changes for CMV PCR

Recent changes for CMV PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
3rd February 2021Optional Container TypeACD TubeACD Tube
Sterile Container

 Recent changes for COELIAC GENETIC TEST

Recent changes for COELIAC GENETIC TEST
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
8th June 2021Preferred Container TypeACD TubeEDTA Whole Blood
Optional Container TypeEDTA Whole Blood

 Recent changes for CORTISOL (SALIVARY)

Recent changes for CORTISOL (SALIVARY)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
13th April 2021Preferred Container TypeSodium HeparinSalivette
Optional Container TypeSterile Yellow Top Container
13th April 2021Preferred Container TypeConical Tube - 10mLSalivette
Collection & Request Instructions

10 mL conical tube (yellow cap) or sterile urine pot  (yellow cap) can be used to collect the saliva.

Clean teeth 1 hour before collecting sample (about 10 PM)

Nothing to eat for the next hour, do not wear lipstick.

Between 11 PM and midnight collect sample by the following procedure. Clear throat and swallow, and empty mouth, then commence chewing action on teeth or straw if provided. / open mouth, lift tongue up and breathe in (this helps stimulate saliva production).

Dribble free flowing saliva into the tube provided.

3- 4 mL of saliva is required

Please repeat this for two nights in a row.

Write the date and time of collection on the tube.

Keep sample(s) at home in the refrigerator and bring all together into Pathology the day after sample 2 is collected.

A straw may be given to the patient to chew on to stimulate the flow of saliva.

The mouth should be free of mucus or other material prior to commencing the collection of the saliva.

 

Preparation before collection

Label the tube with your full name, date of birth, date and time of collection (including PM or AM)

Relax for approximately 1 hour (high activity or excitement can raise your cortisol level)

Do not eat or drink (except water) for 30 minutes

 

Collection

Remove the cap of the tube by pushing it slightly to the side

Do not remove the sponge holder (if it is dislodged, push it back into the tube)

Tip the sponge directly into your mouth. Do not touch the sponge with your fingers.

Very gently chew and roll the sponge in your mouth for 2 minutes.

When finish, hold the saturated sponge with your front teeth and return the sponge directly into the tube holder without touching it.

Close the tube firmly with the cap. Keep the sample in the fridge prior to delivering it to your closest Monash Health Pathology collection centre.

 

 

 

 Recent changes for CYSTINE (WHITE CELLS)

Recent changes for CYSTINE (WHITE CELLS)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
4th May 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Sample volume MUST be 5 mL or sample will be rejected and recollection requested. Enquires to Chemical Pathologist. Ext 44522

>8hrs post dose.

Must be pre booked by requesting doctor to the Duty Biochemist Ext: 44525. DO NOT BOOK ON MONDAY OR FRIDAY.

Send in red bag marked Urgent

 

Sample volume MUST be 5 mL or sample will be rejected and recollection requested. Enquires to Chemical Pathologist. Ext 44522

Must be collected at least 8hrs post dose.

Must be pre booked by requesting doctor to the Duty Biochemist Ext: 44525. DO NOT BOOK ON MONDAY OR FRIDAY.

Send in red bag marked Urgent

 

 Recent changes for CYTOTOXIC ANTIBODIES

Recent changes for CYTOTOXIC ANTIBODIES
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
25th February 2021Alternative namesLUMINEX, DONOR SPECIFIC ANTIBODIES, LUM, CYT, DSA, ANGIOTENSIN II TYPE 1 RECEPTOR, T AND B CELL CROSSMATCHLUMINEX, DONOR SPECIFIC ANTIBODIES, LUM, CYT, DSA, ANGIOTENSIN II TYPE 1 RECEPTOR, T AND B CELL CROSSMATCH, TWL Monthly Serum
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for FERRITIN (RED CELL)

Recent changes for FERRITIN (RED CELL)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
14th April 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
14th April 2021Volume (Adults)5 mLnull mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
FrequencyDaily

 Recent changes for FLUCONAZOLE

Recent changes for FLUCONAZOLE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
18th February 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Record date and time of last dose on request form

 Recent changes for FLUIDS FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE

Recent changes for FLUIDS FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request InstructionsCollect additional EDTA tube if cell count required. ** This registration include Fungal culture **

Collect additional EDTA tube if cell count required

Fungal Culture performed on request

 

 Recent changes for Foreign Body/Stone Culture

Recent changes for Foreign Body/Stone Culture
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
14th January 2021Assay nameRENAL CALCULI FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTUREForeign Body/Stone Culture
Alternative namesCALCULUS FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, RENAL STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, KIDNEY STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURECALCULUS FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, RENAL STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, KIDNEY STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, RENAL CALCULI FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
13th January 2021Alternative namesRENAL STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE KIDNEY STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURECALCULUS FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, RENAL STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE, KIDNEY STONE FOR MICROSCOPY AND CULTURE
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for HAEMOPHILIA A DNA TESTING

Recent changes for HAEMOPHILIA A DNA TESTING
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th January 2021Request GroupGENTRAN (Internal samples) EXGEN (external samples)GENTRAN
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for HAEMOPHILIA B DNA TESTING

Recent changes for HAEMOPHILIA B DNA TESTING
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
29th January 2021Request GroupEXGEN OR GENTRAN GENTRAN
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for HIV 1 VIRAL LOAD

Recent changes for HIV 1 VIRAL LOAD
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
2nd June 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
20th May 2021Alternative namesRetro viral load, HIV VL, HIV Viral loadRetro viral load, HIV VL, HIV Viral load, HIV PCR, HIV NAT, HIV NAD
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
FrequencyFortnightlyMon-Fri
13th January 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Requires a dedicated blood sample. Collect two tubes

Paediatric Sample :  EDTA  tube 700ul

Requires a dedicated blood sample. Please collect two tubes.

Paediatric Sample :  EDTA  tube 700ul

 Recent changes for HLA TISSUE TYPING (TRANSPLANT PATIENTS)

Recent changes for HLA TISSUE TYPING (TRANSPLANT PATIENTS)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
10th June 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

1. LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS (Bone Marrow Transplant): 12mL EDTA.

Donor 12mL EDTA. Paediactric 2-12ml EDTA

2. RENAL PATIENTS (Renal transplant) 12mL EDTA + 1x6 mL Serum (no gel)

Donor 36mL EDTA.

3. PLATELET REFRACTIONATION - Patient 8mL  ACD or EDTA + 2x6mL Serum (no gel).

The sample must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

1. LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS (Bone Marrow Transplant): 12mL EDTA.

Donor 12mL EDTA. Paediactric 2-12ml EDTA

2. RENAL PATIENTS (Renal transplant) 12mL EDTA + 1x6 mL Serum (no gel)

Donor 36mL EDTA.

3. PLATELET REFRACTIONATION - Patient 8mL  ACD or EDTA + 2x6mL Serum (no gel).

On going monitoring: 12 ml

4. HLA VERIFICATION and LYMPHOCYTE CROSSMATCH

Recipient: 30 ml ACD and 6 ml Serum (no gel)

Donor: 30ml ACD

The sample must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

10th June 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Container TypeACD TubeEDTA Whole Blood
10th June 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

1. LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS (Bone Marrow Transplant): 12mL EDTA.

Donor 12mL EDTA. Paediactric 2-12ml EDTA

2. RENAL PATIENTS (Renal transplant) 12mL ACD + 1x9mL Serum (no gel)

Donor 36mL EDTA.

3. PLATELET REFRACTIONATION - Patient 8mL  ACD or EDTA + 2x9mL Serum (no gel).

The sample must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

1. LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS (Bone Marrow Transplant): 12mL EDTA.

Donor 12mL EDTA. Paediactric 2-12ml EDTA

2. RENAL PATIENTS (Renal transplant) 12mL EDTA + 1x6 mL Serum (no gel)

Donor 36mL EDTA.

3. PLATELET REFRACTIONATION - Patient 8mL  ACD or EDTA + 2x6mL Serum (no gel).

The sample must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

8th June 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

1. LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS (Bone Marrow Transplant): 2x9mL ACD.

Donor 2x9mL ACD.

2. RENAL PATIENTS (Renal transplant) 4x9mL ACD + 1x9mL Serum (no gel)

Donor 4x9mL ACD.

3. PLATELET REFRACTIONATION - Patient 2x9mL ACD + 2x9mL Serum (no gel).

The sample must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

1. LEUKAEMIA PATIENTS (Bone Marrow Transplant): 12mL EDTA.

Donor 12mL EDTA. Paediactric 2-12ml EDTA

2. RENAL PATIENTS (Renal transplant) 12mL ACD + 1x9mL Serum (no gel)

Donor 36mL EDTA.

3. PLATELET REFRACTIONATION - Patient 8mL  ACD or EDTA + 2x9mL Serum (no gel).

The sample must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

 Recent changes for HLA TYPING

Recent changes for HLA TYPING
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
10th June 2021Alternative namesHLA AX BX CX DR DQ where X is a number (except for HLA"B27" and COELIAC GENETIC test - refer to specific test information), HLA FOR NARCOLEPSY, B57, HLA B57 FOR ABACAVIRHLA AX BX CX DR DQ where X is a number, HLA FOR NARCOLEPSY, B57, HLA B57 FOR ABACAVIR, B27
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
10th June 2021Alternative namesHLA AX BX CX DR DQ where X is a number (except for HLA"B27" and COELIAC GENETIC test - refer to specific test information), HLA FOR NARCOLEPSY, B57, HLA B57 FOR ABACAVIRHLA AX BX CX DR DQ where X is a number (except for HLA"B27" and COELIAC GENETIC test - refer to specific test information), HLA FOR NARCOLEPSY, B57, HLA B57 FOR ABACAVIR
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
8th June 2021Alternative namesHLA AX BX CX DR DQ where X is a number (except for HLA"B27" and COELIAC GENETIC test - refer to specific test information), HLA FOR NARCOLEPSY, B57, HLA B57 FOR ABACAVIRHLA AX BX CX DR DQ where X is a number (except for HLA"B27" and COELIAC GENETIC test - refer to specific test information), HLA FOR NARCOLEPSY, B57, HLA B57 FOR ABACAVIR
Volume (Adults)18 mL6 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Container TypeACD TubeEDTA Whole Blood
Collection & Request Instructions

2x9 mL ACD is required for adults and children. If unable to obtain a blood sample an Oracollect buccal swab may be used, however blood is the preferred sample as you are guaranteed a result, swabs are sometimes unsuccessful (Oracollect buccal swabs and collection instructions may be obtained from cytogenetics, phone 9594 4124).

Most samples may be collected at any time. Store unspun at room temperature until despatching to VTIS.Samples for Full Class I or II HLA typing must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

For further information regarding sample collection - phone VTIS on 9694 0354.

 

2x3 mL EDTA is required for adults and children. If unable to obtain a blood sample an Oracollect buccal swab may be used, however blood is the preferred sample as you are guaranteed a result, swabs are sometimes unsuccessful (Oracollect buccal swabs and collection instructions may be obtained from cytogenetics, phone 9594 4124).

Most samples may be collected at any time. Store unspun at room temperature until despatching to VTIS.Samples for Full Class I or II HLA typing must be received by VTIS on a weekday within 24 hrs from collection, and thus should only be collected from Sun 1400 -  Fri 1000.

For further information regarding sample collection - phone VTIS on 9694 0354.

 

 Recent changes for HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS PCR

Recent changes for HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
15th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
15th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Optional Specimen TypeSwab
Optional Container TypeViral Transport Media (VTM)
Swab (Dry Dacron)
Swab (Dry Dacron)
Collection & Request Instructions

Only Tissue or DRY swab can be sent

A swab in UTM/VTM will be rejected by the testing Laboratory

 Recent changes for ITRACONAZOLE

Recent changes for ITRACONAZOLE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
18th February 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Pre-dose

Pre-dose

Record date and time of last dose on request form

 Recent changes for MTHFR GENETIC MUTATION TEST

Recent changes for MTHFR GENETIC MUTATION TEST
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
16th April 2021Request GroupMTHFRMISCH
Volume (Adults)2.70 mL3.5 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume1 mL0.5 mL
Preferred Container TypeCitrate Whole BloodEDTA Whole Blood
Optional Container TypeEDTA Whole Blood

 Recent changes for NGS Targeted DNA Panel (15 Genes)

Recent changes for NGS Targeted DNA Panel (15 Genes)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
2nd February 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Specimen TypeFFPE Slide (1 H&E tumour marked, 4 unstained)FFPE tissue block
5x10um FFPE unstained slides or scrolls, +1H&E

 Recent changes for NGS Targeted RNA Panel

Recent changes for NGS Targeted RNA Panel
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
2nd February 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Specimen TypeFFPE Slide (1 H&E tumour marked, 4 unstained)FFPE tissue block
5x10um FFPE unstained slides or scrolls, +1H&E

 Recent changes for PERITONEAL DIALYSATE (CAPD EFFLUENT) FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE

Recent changes for PERITONEAL DIALYSATE (CAPD EFFLUENT) FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
4th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Container TypeSterile ContainerFalcon Tube 50mL
Collection & Request InstructionsCollect into 2 Sterile blue capped 50ml tubes. Drain part of first bag at onset of peritonitis symptoms into the 2 tubes.

Collect into 2 Sterile blue capped 50ml tubes. Drain part of first bag at onset of peritonitis symptoms into the 2 tubes.

 Recent changes for PLASMA HAEMOGLOBIN

Recent changes for PLASMA HAEMOGLOBIN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
6th January 2021Alternative namesHAEMOGLOBIN (PLASMA)HAEMOGLOBIN (PLASMA), Plasma Hb, Plasma free Hb

 Recent changes for POSACONAZOLE

Recent changes for POSACONAZOLE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
18th February 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Record date and time of last dose on request form

 Recent changes for PREGNANCY TEST (URINE)

Recent changes for PREGNANCY TEST (URINE)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
21st December 2020Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
21st December 2020Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for PREPAIR DNA

Recent changes for PREPAIR DNA
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
5th March 2021Alternative namesPREPAIR=Screening for CF/FXS/SMA REPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTINGPREPAIR=Screening for CF/FXS/SMA, REPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTING
5th March 2021Alternative namesREPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTING or CF, FXS, SMAPREPAIR=Screening for CF/FXS/SMA REPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTING
4th March 2021Alternative namesREPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTING CF, FXS, SMAREPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTING or CF, FXS, SMA
4th March 2021Alternative namesREPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTINGREPRODUCTIVE GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING, DNA-PREPAIR CARRIER TESTING CF, FXS, SMA

 Recent changes for QUANTIFERON-TB GOLD PLUS ASSAY

Recent changes for QUANTIFERON-TB GOLD PLUS ASSAY
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
3rd May 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Requires QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus Blood Collection Tubes set of four. Collect 1 mL into each tube. Refer to photograph for order of draw. Mix gently by turning tube end-over end X10 ensuring that the entire inner surface of the tube has been coated in blood.

Collections are to be performed at Pathology Collection rooms. Send to laboratory immediately after collection.

Please collect from Monday to Friday between 0900-1600 hours only.

Please answer question if patient is immunosuppressed.

If non-MBS then non CMBS test

DO NOT STORE IN FRIDGE BEFORE SENDING

Requires QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus Blood Collection Tubes set of four. Collect 1 mL into each tube. Refer to photograph for order of draw. Mix gently by turning tube end-over end X10 ensuring that the entire inner surface of the tube has been coated in blood.

Collections are to be performed at Pathology Collection rooms. Send to laboratory immediately after collection.

Preferred collection: Monday to Friday between 0900-1600 hours.

Please answer question if patient is immunosuppressed.

If non-MBS then non CMBS test

DO NOT STORE IN FRIDGE BEFORE SENDING

 Recent changes for RENIN

Recent changes for RENIN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
6th February 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Transport to department at room temperature only or frozen.

* NOT AT 4oC.

 Recent changes for RESPIRATORY PATHOGEN PCR

Recent changes for RESPIRATORY PATHOGEN PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
25th May 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Optional Specimen TypeSputumSputum
Saliva
Collection & Request Instructions

A combined nasopharyngeal and throat swab should be collected. Testing of lower tract infections (eg sputum, endotracheal aspirate, bronchoscopy specimen) when available is recommended when COVID-19 is suspected.

A combined nasopharyngeal and throat swab should be collected. Testing of lower tract infections (eg sputum, endotracheal aspirate, bronchoscopy specimen) when available is recommended when COVID-19 is suspected.

Saliva samples for SARS-CoV-2 PCR are NOT to be used for routine diagnostic use.They are only indicated in certain situations,including high-frequency testing of individuals in a defined target population group (eg.asymptomatic staff screening as directed by Infection Prevention).Saliva swabs are less sensitive than nasal/oropharyngeal swabs for detecting SARS -COV-2.If symptomatic,a combined nasal/oropharyngeal swab should be collected instead.

 

 

 Recent changes for sFlt-1/PIGF ratio

Recent changes for sFlt-1/PIGF ratio
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
19th January 2021Alternative namesPlacental growth factor, PLGF, Pre Eclampsia Ratio test, PERT, SFLT, Pre-eclampsia, SFLT-1
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Collect on ice.

 Recent changes for SULPHONYLUREA SCREEN

Recent changes for SULPHONYLUREA SCREEN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
23rd December 2020Collection & Request InstructionsClose to hypoglycemic episode. Provide Glucose result, and Insulin + C-Peptide if available. Take sample within 24 hrs of ingestion. Urine is unsuitable.

Close to hypoglycemic episode. Provide Glucose result, and Insulin + C-Peptide if available. Take sample within 24 hrs of ingestion. Urine is unsuitable.

 Recent changes for THIOPURINE METABOLITE ASSESSMENT

Recent changes for THIOPURINE METABOLITE ASSESSMENT
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
9th June 2021Preferred Container TypeHeparin Whole Blood (No Gel) and EDTAHeparin Plasma (No Gel)
18th May 2021Preferred Container TypeHeparin Plasma (No Gel)
EDTA Whole Blood
Heparin Whole Blood (No Gel) and EDTA
17th May 2021Optional Container TypeEDTA Whole Blood - Blood Bank
17th May 2021Volume (Adults)10 mL5 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume6 mL2 mL
Preferred Container TypeEDTA Whole BloodHeparin Plasma (No Gel)
EDTA Whole Blood
Collection & Request Instructions

6 mL of blood is the absolute minimum volume required.

Collect samples Monday to Thursday only as the sample must reach the external laboratory within 3 days.

FrequencyWeekly

 Recent changes for THYROID FUNCTION TESTS

Recent changes for THYROID FUNCTION TESTS
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9th June 2021Alternative namesTFT, TSHTFT

 Recent changes for URINE FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE

Recent changes for URINE FOR MICROSCOPY & CULTURE
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16th March 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Collect midstream urine (MSU), catheter urine (CSU) clean catch urine (CCU), suprapubic aspirate (SPA), nephrostomy specimen or diagnostic imaging specimen (MCU) into a sterile container. Specify type of collection on request slip. Routine bacterial culture done. Specific request and clinical notes required if other investigations are needed. Please specify if red cell morphology, casts is required.

Retesting is not required within 3 days unless specimen is of better quality or clinical condition has changed.

Collect midstream urine (MSU), catheter urine (CSU) clean catch urine (CCU), suprapubic aspirate (SPA), nephrostomy specimen or diagnostic imaging specimen (MCU) into a sterile container. Specify type of collection on request slip. Routine bacterial culture done. Specific request and clinical notes required if other investigations are needed. Please specify if examination for casts or red cell morphology is required. These samples are to be priotised.

Retesting is not required within 3 days unless specimen is of better quality or clinical condition has changed.

23rd February 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Collect midstream urine (MSU), catheter urine (CSU) clean catch urine (CCU), suprapubic aspirate (SPA), nephrostomy specimen or diagnostic imaging specimen (MCU) into a sterile container. Specify type of collection on request slip. Routine bacterial culture done. Specific request and clinical notes required if other investigations are needed. Please specify if red cell morphology, casts or urinalysis (dipstick) is required.

Retesting is not required within 3 days unless specimen is of better quality or clinical condition has changed.

Collect midstream urine (MSU), catheter urine (CSU) clean catch urine (CCU), suprapubic aspirate (SPA), nephrostomy specimen or diagnostic imaging specimen (MCU) into a sterile container. Specify type of collection on request slip. Routine bacterial culture done. Specific request and clinical notes required if other investigations are needed. Please specify if red cell morphology, casts is required.

Retesting is not required within 3 days unless specimen is of better quality or clinical condition has changed.

 Recent changes for VORICONAZOLE

Recent changes for VORICONAZOLE
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18th February 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Record date and time of last dose on request form

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