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Recent changes for ADRENOCORTICOTROPHIC HORMONE
Collect 2 EDTA tubes.
Collect on ice.
Recent changes for ALCOHOL
Recent changes for ALDOSTERONE
When Aldosterone and Renin requested together collect SST Yellow top serum tube for Aldosterone and EDTA Purple top tube for Renin. Refer to RENIN in the Pathology Specimen Handbook for collection instructions. Keep Renin tube at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
Aldosterone and Renin can be collected in the same EDTA Purple tube.
Recent changes for ALDOSTERONE (URINE)
10 grams of boric acid to be added to the bottle before collection.
This is to ensure the pH <7.5.
Preferably refrigerate the urine during collection.
Acidified sample (with 10 grams of boric acid added to the bottle before collection) and unacidified urine with pH <7.0 acceptable.
Recent changes for ALDOSTERONE RENIN RATIO
For Aldosterone Renin ratio collect a SST Yellow top serum tube for Aldosterone and 2 EDTA Purple top tube for Renin. Refer to RENIN and Aldosterone in the Pathology Specimen Handbook for collection instructions. Keep Renin tube at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
Refer to RENIN and Aldosterone for collection instructions
Recent changes for ANTI DIURETIC HORMONE
Send immediately on ice.
Recent changes for BETA 2 GLYCOPROTEIN ANTIBODIES
Recent changes for BRAIN NATRIURETIC PEPTIDE
Sample is stable in blood for up to 7 hours at room temperature, and 24hours at 4°C.
Transport from collection centres in red bag on next courier run.
MUST BE COLLECTED IN OWN TUBE
Sample is stable in blood for up to 7 hours at room temperature
Recent changes for C TELOPEPTIDE
Recent changes for CASONI TEST
Test no longer available. Refer all requests to Chemical Pathologist
Test no longer available. Please refer to the Hydatid Serology Test.
Recent changes for CEPHALEXIN
This test has been discontinued.
For enquiries, please contact the Chemical Pathologists.
Recent changes for CHLAMYDIA PNEUMONIAE/PSITTACI PCR
Recent changes for CHOLINESTERASE (DIBUCAINE AND FLUORIDE)
Cholinesterase (plasma) testing for scoline apnoea should not be performed within 24 hours of scoline administration.
(Note from Queensland Pathology)
Recent changes for CHYLOMICRONS
For enquiries, please contact the Chemical Pathologist (Tel: 9594 4525)
Recent changes for CORTISOL
AM Cortisol must be collected as early as possible before noon. PM Cortisol should be collected after noon.
AM Cortisol must be collected as early as possible before noon (preferably between 8.00am and 10.00am). PM Cortisol should be collected after noon.
AM Cortisol must be collected between 8:00am and 10:00am. PM Cortisol must be collected between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.
Recent changes for FILARIAL ANTIGEN
All serology tests require a dedicated serum tube
Whole blood collected in a Heparin No gel tube for Filarial antigen collect only on a Monday or Tuesday. tubes are available from Serology-Microbiology
Recent changes for FRUCTOSAMINE
Stable for 3 days at 20 - 25°C , 2 weeks at 4 - 8 °C
Stable for 3 days at 20 - 25 C, 2 weeks at 4 - 8 C
Recent changes for FULL BLOOD EXAMINATION (FBE)
If Hb is ordered following a Red Cell transfusion, it should be performed >15 minutes after the completion of the transfusion.
Recent changes for Legionella PCR
Recent changes for METHYL TETRAHYDROXY FOLATE
CSF must be placed into dry ice immediately.
Special tube available from Chemical Pathologist or Duty Biochemist.
Requesting doctor should contact Chemical Pathologist / Registrar / Duty Biochemist before collecting CSF
Part of the CSF Neurotransmitters collection.
Requesting doctor should contact the Chemical Pathologist/ Registrar/ Duty Biochemist to obtain a set of 5 CSF neurotransmitter tubes prior to CSF collection.
Recent changes for MYCOPHENOLATE
Recent changes for MYCOPLASMA PNEUMONIAE PCR
Recent changes for NEISSERIA MENINGITIS PCR
Recent changes for OCCULT BLOOD (FAECAL)
Recent changes for PARVOVIRUS PCR
Recent changes for POLYOMAVIRUS PCR
Other specimen type: 0.5 mL CSF or Brain tissue. Blood samples requires a dedicated blood tube.
Recent changes for PROCALCITONIN
Recent changes for PROCOLLAGEN TYPE 1 N-TERMINAL PROPEPTIDE
Recent changes for PYRUVATE (CSF)
Recent changes for QUETIAPINE
Recent changes for RENIN
Transport to department at room temperature. * NOT AT 4oC.
Transport to department at room temperature only or frozen.
* NOT AT 4oC.
Recent changes for RESPIRATORY PATHOGEN PCR
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.
Recent changes for Telomere Length Test
Instructions for requesting doctor:
1. This is a sendaway test that must be booked in advance by the requesting doctor with Westmead Laboratory (P: 02 9845 3302).
2. The requesting doctor must fill Requisition Form located at: http://www.cmri.org.au/getattachment/Research-Explained/Short-Telomere-Syndromes/Telomere-Length-Testing-at-CHW.pdf.aspx
Instructions for collection staff:
1. Contact GMP Laboratory (Ph: 9594 3840) before collecting the sample.
2. Collect sample only on Monday before 10:00am. Do not spin or separate. Keep at room temperature at all times.
2. The requesting doctor must fill Requisition Form located at: http://www.palms.com.au/clinical/FLOW_FISH_Telomere_request_form_CHW.pdf
Recent changes for TESTOSTERONE
Pediatric tubes must be RED for testosterone collection (no gel).
Becton Dickinson gel tubes are not recommended for the MS testosterone assay.
Testesterone levels are stable for up to 72hrs on the gel. Do not add retrospective tests after 72 hours.
Becton Dickinson 5 mL plain tubes (no gel) are preferred for testosterone collection.
Becton Dickinson (BD) 5 mL plain tubes (no gel) are preferred for testosterone collection.
Paediatric tubes must be RED and not the paediatric BD gel tubes.
Adult BD gel tubes are acceptable up to 72 hours as testosterone levels are stable up to 72hours on gel.
Recent changes for THIOPURINE METABOLITE ASSESSMENT
6 mL of blood is the absolute minimum volume required.
Do not collect samples on the day before a long weekend as the sample must reach the external laboratory within 3 days.
Collect samples Monday to Friday only as the sample must reach the external laboratory within 3 days.
Recent changes for TRYPTIC ACTIVITY (FAECAL)
Minimum of 10 grams of faeces required.