May 23, 2016
Parkview Health Laboratories presently reflexes a Group A Strep Culture on all negative Rapid Strep A results. Beginning May 31st we will begin reflexing cultures on only those patients less than eighteen years of age.
May 19, 2016
For those patients eighteen and older, a Group A Strep Culture (Soft Code: CXGRA) or Throat Culture (Soft Code: CXTHR) may be ordered separately if desired.
On June 1, 2016, PRMC Chemistry will begin Procalcitonin (PCT) testing. The specimen requirement will be 1 ml plasma from Lithium Heparin (Mint Green top PST) tube. Testing will be performed Monday-Sunday on all shifts.
The reference ranges are:
PCT <=0.5 ng/ml = Low risk for progression to severe systemic infection(severe sepsis/septic shock.
CAUTION: PCT levels below 0.5 ng/ml do not exclude infection, because localized infections (without systemic signs) may be associated with such low levels. If PCT is measured very early after a bacterial challenge (usually <6 hours), these values may still be low. In this case, PCT should be re-assessed 6-24 hours later.
PCT >0.5 to <=2 ng/ml= Moderate risk for progression to severe systemic infection (severe sepsis/septic shock).
The patient should be closely monitored both clinically and by re-assessing PCT within 6-24 hours.
PCT >2 ng/ml = High risk for progression to severe systemic infection (severe sepsis/septic shock).
For questions, contact Janet Benoit, Laboratory Technical Manager, at 266-1505, Richard Brown, Laboratory Chemistry Specialist, at 266-1521, or Dr. Steven Wang, Laboratory Pathologist, at 266-1640.
May 6, 2016
Changes effective 5-17-16, Prothrombin time reference range 9.4-11.6 seconds, APTT reference range 23.8-33.8 seconds, INR upper reportable range >8.9. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Cindy Nie at 266-1641.
April 28, 2016
On May 17, 2016, the CK and reflex CKMB will be removed from the Cardiac Stat Panel (test code CARDC). The CK or the CKMB (which includes CK & CKMB) can be ordered as needed. For questions, contact Janet Benoit, Laboratory Technical Manager, at 266-1505, Richard Brown, Laboratory Chemistry Specialist, at 266-1521, or Dr Steven Wang, Laboratory Pathologist, at 266-1640.
March 18, 2016
To be consistent with best practice, Parkview Laboratories are discontinuing the Thyroid Profile and Thyroid Profile with TSH tests on 4-5-16. All the tests included in these profiles are available individually. Orders previously placed for these profiles will be converted into the TSH with reflex Free T4. Questions can be directed to Dr. Steven Wang, Medical Director, at 266-1630.