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 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 BARTONELLA HENSELAE PCR

Recent changes for BARTONELLA HENSELAE PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
14th September 2021FrequencyWeeklyOn request

 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 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 CADMIUM (URINE)

Recent changes for CADMIUM (URINE)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
6th August 2021Preferred Container TypeAcid Washed ContainerSterile Container
Collection & Request Instructions

Plain urine pot

Plain 70ml urine pot

6th August 2021Volume (Adults)50 mL70 mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Plain urine pot

 Recent changes for CALCIUM (IONISED)

Recent changes for CALCIUM (IONISED)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
16th August 2021Optional Container TypeVenous syringe
16th August 2021Volume (Adults)5 mL1 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume0.50 mL0.25 mL
16th August 2021FrequencyDailyOn request
16th August 2021Collection & Request Instructions

Do not remove lid

Do not use tourniquet where possible

 

 

 

Do not use tourniquet where possible

 

 

 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 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 FAECAL OUTBREAK SPECIMEN

Recent changes for FAECAL OUTBREAK SPECIMEN
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
17th June 2021Request GroupFOSFPPCR
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
FrequencyOn requestDaily

 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 Haemophilus ducreyi PCR

Recent changes for Haemophilus ducreyi PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
25th September 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Preferred Container TypeSterile Container
eSwab in liquid transport media
Swab (Dry Dacron)
Sterile Yellow Top Container

 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

 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 HOMOVANILLIC ACID (24 HOUR URINE)

Recent changes for HOMOVANILLIC ACID (24 HOUR URINE)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
21st June 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

deliver to lab within 2 hours of finish of collection for acidification. (If unable to deliver to lab within this period pre-acidify collection bottle with 10 mL 50% HCl.)

FrequencyWeekly

 Recent changes for HOMOVANILLIC ACID (SPOT URINE)

Recent changes for HOMOVANILLIC ACID (SPOT URINE)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
21st June 2021Collection & Request InstructionsSpot collection
FrequencyWeekly

 Recent changes for HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS PCR

Recent changes for HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
11th August 2021Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Optional Container TypeSwab (Dry Dacron)eSwab in liquid transport media
Flocked swab with UTM
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 Miscellaneous molecular

Recent changes for Miscellaneous molecular
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
12th August 2021Alternative namesMolecular to store, DNA store, DNA extraction and store.DNA store, DNA extraction and store.
2nd July 2021Alternative namesMolecular to store, DNA and RNA store, DNA extraction and store, RNA extraction.Molecular to store, DNA store, DNA extraction and store.

 Recent changes for MND DNA

Recent changes for MND DNA
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
12th August 2021Volume (Adults)10 mL3 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 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 MYCOPHENOLATE

Recent changes for MYCOPHENOLATE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
23rd August 2021Alternative namesMPA, MMF, MYCOPHENOLIC ACID, MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL, SODIUM MYCOPHENOLATEMPA, MMF, MMF-AUC, MYCOPHENOLIC ACID, MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL, SODIUM MYCOPHENOLATE

 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 RAPID SARS-CoV-2 PCR

Recent changes for RAPID SARS-CoV-2 PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
7th September 2021Alternative namesRAPID RSV PCR, INFLUENZA A RAPID PCR, RSV RAPID PCR, SARS-CoV-2, RAPID PCR, RAPID INFLUENZAE B PCR, COVIDRAPID RSV PCR, INFLUENZA A RAPID PCR, RSV RAPID PCR, RAPID PCR, RAPID INFLUENZAE B PCR
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
12th August 2021Assay nameRAPID SARS-CO19 PCRRAPID SARS-CoV-2 PCR
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
12th August 2021Alternative namesRAPID RSV PCR, INFLUENZA A RAPID PCR, RSV RAPID PCR, SARS-CO19 RAPID PCR, RAPID INFLUENZAE B PCRRAPID RSV PCR, INFLUENZA A RAPID PCR, RSV RAPID PCR, SARS-CoV-2, RAPID PCR, RAPID INFLUENZAE B PCR, COVID
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
11th August 2021Assay nameRAPID INFLUENZA TESTRAPID SARS-CO19 PCR
Alternative namesRAPID RSV TEST, INFLUENZA RAPID TEST, RSV RAPID TESTRAPID RSV PCR, INFLUENZA A RAPID PCR, RSV RAPID PCR, SARS-CO19 RAPID PCR, RAPID INFLUENZAE B PCR
Request GroupFLURSVXCOVID
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL

 Recent changes for RESPIRATORY PATHOGEN PCR

Recent changes for RESPIRATORY PATHOGEN PCR
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
7th September 2021Alternative namesRESPIRATORY VIRUS PCR, RESPIRATORY PCR, INFLUENZA PCR, FLU PCR, SWINE FLU PCR, H1N1 PCR, FLU A PCR, FLU B PCR, RSV PCR, RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS PCR, ADENOVIRUS PCR, B.PERTUSSIS PCR, PERTUSSIS PCR, PARAINFLUENZA 1/2/3 PCR, PICORNAVIRUS PCR, HUMAN METAPNEUMOVIRUS PCR, BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS PCR, NASOPHARYNGEAL ASPIRATE, NPA, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2RESPIRATORY VIRUS PCR, RESPIRATORY PCR, INFLUENZA PCR, FLU PCR, SWINE FLU PCR, H1N1 PCR, FLU A PCR, FLU B PCR, RSV PCR, RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS PCR, ADENOVIRUS PCR, B.PERTUSSIS PCR, PERTUSSIS PCR, PARAINFLUENZA 1/2/3 PCR, PICORNAVIRUS PCR, HUMAN METAPNEUMOVIRUS PCR, BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS PCR, NASOPHARYNGEAL ASPIRATE, NPA, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, COVID
Volume (Adults)null mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
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 THIOPURINE METABOLITE ASSESSMENT

Recent changes for THIOPURINE METABOLITE ASSESSMENT
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
22nd June 2021Preferred Container TypeHeparin Plasma (No Gel)Heparin Whole Blood (No Gel) and EDTA
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 THROMBIN CLOTTING TIME (TCT)

Recent changes for THROMBIN CLOTTING TIME (TCT)
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
1st July 2021Alternative namesTCTC, TCT
1st July 2021Request GroupTCTTC
1st July 2021Alternative namesTC

 Recent changes for THYROID FUNCTION TESTS

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

 Recent changes for TRYPTASE

Recent changes for TRYPTASE
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
12th July 2021FrequencyWeeklyTwice weekly
6th July 2021Optional Container TypeHeparin Plasma (Gel)
Collection & Request Instructions

Sample should be collected between 15 minutes and 3 hours after the suspected anaphylactic event.

 

Serum only

Sample should be collected between 15 minutes and 3 hours after the suspected anaphylactic event.

Increased levels of Tryptase can normally be detected up to 3 to 6 hours after the anaphylactic reaction. Levels return to normal within 12—14 hours after release.

 Recent changes for VITAMIN C

Recent changes for VITAMIN C
DateFieldChanged FromChanged To
17th August 2021Minimum/Paediatric Volumenull mL
Collection & Request Instructions

Can only be collected between 0830 hrs and 1800 hrs.

Not suitable as a pre registration request. Do not register on Preorder. Return a copy of the request with the phlebotemy lists. 

Special tube available from Biochemistry.

 Add 3 mL of blood to the tube and send to the lab immediately on ice.

(1 mL tube is available on request)

Can only be collected between 0830 hrs and 1800 hrs

Fasting Vitamin C collection may be required for some patients

Special tube available from Biochemistry

 Add 3 mL of blood to the tube and send to the lab immediately on ice

(1 mL tube is available on request)

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