Laboratory Bulletins

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Laboratory Bulletins are used to convey pertinent laboratory or clinical information, including such items as:

  • Changes in collection information or practice
  • Introduction of new technology
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Date Implemented Bulletin Title Applicable to Distributed by
2024-02-20 Sugar Identification, Urine Testing Consolidation Edmonton; North; Central Hematology
2024-02-20 Blood Transport Container Slip Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2024-02-20 Update to Plasma Ammonia Testing and Reference Interval at Leduc Community Hospital, Westview Health Centre, Devon General Hospital, Peace River Community Health Centre, and Lac La Biche Healthcare Centre Edmonton; North Chemistry
2024-02-20 Change in Instrument for Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BOH) Test in Northwest Health Centre Laboratory (High Level) North Chemistry
2024-02-05 CSF Processing and Testing Changes South Hematology
2024-02-05 Therapeutic Target Range and Reporting Changes for Lithium Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2024-02-05 Temporary Referral of Quantitative Serum / Plasma hCG Testing from St. Mary's Hospital (Camrose) to Edmonton Base Lab Central Chemistry
2024-02-05 Viral Transport Medium Change Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2024-02-05 Implementation of Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies Test on the Bioplex Instrument North; Edmonton; Central; Chemistry
2024-02-05 Implementation of the Anti-Double Stranded DNA Test on the Bioplex Instrument North; Edmonton; Central; Chemistry
2024-02-02 Implementation of Beckman Access 2 Instruments – BNP reporting in High Level and Fort Vermilion North Chemistry
2024-02-01 Urine Cytology Sample Collection South Pre-Examination
2024-02-01 RightFax Outbound Fax Delays Provincial (all zones) Connect Care
2024-01-26 H232 Cardiac Testing Disruption – Referred Out Testing Required South Chemistry
2024-01-22 Implementation of Rapid Syphilis and HIV Antibody Testing at Misericordia and Grey Nuns Hospital, APL Acute Care Laboratories Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2024-01-22 Discontinuation of Apolipoprotein E Genotype Testing for Cardiovascular Risk Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2024-01-22 Introduction of Fibrosis-4 (FIB-4) Score Ordering and Reporting in Alberta Provincial (all zones) Chemistry; Hematology
2024-01-22 Laboratory Workflow to Address Multiple Orders in an Outpatient Setting Provincial (all zones) Pre-Examination
2024-01-22 Temporary Referral of Serum Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Measurement to DSC Chemistry Central Zone; Edmonton Zone; North Zone Chemistry
2024-01-08 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Client Resources Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2024-01-08 Revised Client Resource Autopsy Requests Guideline Provincial (all zones) Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-12-27 Discontinuation of Routine Call Outs to Ordering Providers, by the Microbiologist on Call, for Newly Confirmed HIV Positive Cases Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-12-14 REVISED: Rabies Serology Testing Guidance  Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-12-11 Wi-Fi Enabling of Inform II Glucose Meters Provincial (all zones) Point of Care Testing
2023-12-11 Flow Cytometry Mitogen Stimulation Assay (MSA) and NK Cell degranulation ( CD107a) testing – Holiday Schedule Provincial (all zones) Flow Cytometry
2023-12-11 Optimization of Infliximab Order and Infliximab Total Antibodies Reporting Provincial (all zones) Chemistry; Connect Care
2023-12-04 Temporary Referral of Gastrin to Calgary North Zone; Central Zone; Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-12-04 Temporary referral of 17-Hydroxyprogesterone and Androstenedione testing to Calgary North Zone; Central Zone; Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-12-01 Referral of Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody Blood Test to BC Neuroimmunology Lab Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-11-28 Change in South Zone Blood Culture Bottles and Testing Location South Zone Microbiology
2023-11-27 New Lab Visit Type for Scheduling Future Lab Appointments Provincial (all zones) Pre-Examination
2023-11-27 Implementation of Beckman Access 2 Instruments - High Sensitivity Troponin I (hs-TnI) with 2-hr Chest Pain Pathway, quantitative serum beta HCG and BNP North Zone Chemistry
2023-11-27 Implementation of POCT Syphilis & HIV Antibody Testing Provincial (all zones) Point of Care Testing; Public Health Laboratory
2023-11-27 Notification and Collection of Muscle Biopsy Specimens North Zone Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-11-27 Implementation of Bioplex Instrument - Myeloperoxidase (MPO) and Proteinase 3 (PR3) Antibodies North Zone; Central Zone; Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-11-14 Dengue and Chikungunya Serology Result Calling Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-11-14 Provincial Community Stat Testing Standardization Provincial (all zones) Pre-Examination
2023-11-14 Blood Culture Routing Changes for North and Central Zones North Zone; Central Zone Microbiology
2023-11-14 Implementation of Beckman High Sensitivity Troponin I (hs-TnI) and new 2-hr Chest Pain Pathway at specified Edmonton Zone sites Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-11-14 Updates to Cardiomyopathy and Arrhythmia Gene Panels Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-11-14 Implementation of Rapid Syphilis & HIV antibody testing at Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, APL Acute Care Laboratory North Zone Microbiology
2023-10-30 New Cytogenetic Analysis, Constitutional Requisition Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-10-30 Discontinuation of Native Anti-Gliadin and Anti-Reticulin Antibody Testing in Blood Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-10-30 Selective Adrenal Vein Sampling (SAVS) Order Set in Connect Care Provincial (all zones) Chemistry;Connect Care
2023-10-30 Lipid panel and individual lipid test reporting changes in adults and a new equation to calculate LDL-C in pediatrics and adults Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-10-30 Implementation of Double Stranded DNA Antibody by Crithidia Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay Central Zone; Edmonton Zone; North Zone Chemistry
2023-10-26 Highlights of Laboratory Changes with Connect Care Launch 7 Provincial (all zones) Connect Care
2023-10-18 Community Providers: Take Action to Receive Lab, Microbiology and Pathology Results Provincial (all zones) Connect Care; Microbiology; Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-10-16 First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment Testing Transition to Chemistry at University of Alberta Hospital Central Zone; Edmonton Zone;North Zone Chemistry
2023-10-16 Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) by Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) South Zone Chemistry
2023-10-16 Implementation of Rapid Syphilis & HIV antibody testing at Royal Alexandra Hospital, APL Acute Care Laboratory Edmonton Zone Microbiology
2023-10-16 Blood Gas Testing Changes in South Zone Rural Hospitals, excluding Pincher Creek South Zone Chemistry
2023-10-16 Update of interpretive comment for B-Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-10-03 Temporary Unavailability of Urine Oxalate Testing Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-10-03 Transfusion Medicine Downtime – November 4th and 5th Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-10-03 Classification of Transfusion Medicine Testing Services in the Brooks Laboratory South Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-10-03 IOPTH in Connect Care Provincial (all zones) Chemistry;Connect Care
2023-10-03 Launch of molecular Vaginitis Screen & Updates to Trichomonas vaginalis testing (only applicable to locations sending testing to DynaLIFE Edmonton) Central Zone; Edmonton Zone; North Zone Microbiology
2023-10-03 Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Evaluation with Muscle Specific Kinase (MUSK) Autoantibody Reflex Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-10-03 Changes to Massive Hemorrage Protocol Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-10-03 REVISED - Tumour Testing Results Required for Germline Lynch Syndrome Genetic Testing Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-09-22 Temporary Referral of Carbamazepine Testing at Northern Lights Health Centre North Zone Chemistry
2023-09-18 Change in Lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] Reporting Units to nmol/L Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-09-18 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections and Operational Hours at Mayerthorpe Healthcare Centre North Zone Pre-Examination
2023-09-18 Discontinuation of the Rapid Antigen RSV Screen Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-09-18 Connect Care Launch 6 Readiness - POCT Programs Edmonton Zone; North Zone; South Zone Point of Care Testing;Connect Care
2023-09-18 Discontinuation of Blood Xylose Tolerance Testing Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-09-11 Discontinuation of Reticulocyte and Body Fluid Cell Count Testing in Bonnyville North Zone Hematology
2023-09-5 Discontinuation of Cytodiagnostic Urine Testing Provincial (all zones) Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-08-29 Anti-CCP and CA15-3 Test Changes in Calgary South Zone Chemistry
2023-08-29 Anti-Endomesial Antibody (EMA) Testing: Backorder of Reagents South Zone Chemistry
2023-08-25 Implementation of Fecal Calprotectin Testing in Alberta Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-08-21 Discontinuation of Acetylcholinesterase (Red Blood Cell Cholinesterase) Testing Provincial (all zones) Chemistry; Pre-Examination
2023-08-21 Change in Methodology and Performing Site for Sickle Cell Screen Panel Central Zone; Edmonton Zone; North Zone Hematology
2023-08-21 Post Transfusion Education Requirements for Outpatients South Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-08-21 Revised First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment Requisition Central Zone; Edmonton Zone; North Zone Chemistry;Pre-Examination
2023-08-08 Pilot of new Provincial Connect Care Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Collection Guidelines and UAH Lab Processing Update Edmonton Zone Connect Care
2023-08-08 New Requisition for Antiphospholipid Syndrome Investigation Provincial (all zones) Hematology
2023-07-24 Discontinuation of Osmotic Fragility Testing Provincial (all zones) Chemistry;Pre-Examination
2023-07-24 Discontinuation of Beta-Carotene Assay in Alberta Provincial (all zones) Chemistry; Pre-Examination
2023-07-24 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Client Resources Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-07-24 Provincial Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System – Legacy Requisition Grace Period Ending August 8 Edmonton Zone;North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-07-20 Urea Breath Test for Helicobacter Pylori Temporarily Unavailable Provincial (all zones) Chemistry; Pre-Examination
2023-07-10 Transfusion Medicine Reminder of Upcoming Inventory Changes to Plasma and Platelets Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-06-26 2022 University of Alberta Hospital Antibiograms Edmonton Zone Microbiology
2023-06-26 Change in Chemistry Analyzer at High Level Laboratory North Zone Chemistry
2023-06-26 Discontinuation of Urine N-telopeptide (NTx) assay in Alberta Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-06-26 Blood Group Reporting for Stem Cell Transplant Patients Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-06-15 Testing site change for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing – Calgary and South Zone Calgary Zone; South Zone Microbiology
2023-06-12 Resumption of Outpatient Collection Hours at Peace River Community Health Centre North Zone Pre-Examination
2023-06-12 Discontinuation of Flow Cytometry Specimen Screening Prior to Referral South Zone Flow Cytometry
2023-06-12 Change in Container Type for Drug Testing Performed at GPRH Laboratory North Zone Chemistry
2023-06-12 Confirmatory ABORh (CABO) Process in Calgary Zone Calgary Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-05-29 Clinical Practice Guideline for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-05-29 Stop Phoning Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) Confirmed Results Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-05-29 New Comprehensive Molecular Testing for Solid Tumors Provincial (all zones) Molecular Pathology
2023-05-29 South Zone use of Transfusion Tag Mounting Records for Connect Care live areas until Launch 7 South Zone Transfusion Medicine;Connect Care
2023-05-18 Connect Care Orderable Tests for 24 Hour Urine Collections Provincial (all zones) Connect Care; Chemistry
2023-05-15 Change of Collection Container for Stool Culture North Zone Microbiology
2023-05-12 Connect Care Infectious Disease Serology Utilization Rules Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-05-05 Changes to Hemoglobinopathy Testing and Reporting Provincial (all zones) Hematology
2023-05-01 Changes to Ordering and Routing of Cytogenetic Testing for Multiple Myeloma (Plasma Cell Neoplasm) Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-05-01 Terminology for Priority Anatomical Pathology Requests Provincial (all zones) Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-05-01 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections and Operational Hours at Mayerthorpe Healthcare Centre North Zone Pre-Examination
2023-05-01 Alberta Precision Laboratories – Anatomical Pathology Provincial (all zones) Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-05-01 Updates to Ionized Calcium Ordering, Testing, and Reporting Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-05-01 Mobile Collection Information System - MCIS Provincial (all zones) Pre-Examination
2023-05-01 Alberta Precision Laboratories Requisition Requirements for Connect Care Provincial (all zones) Connect Care; Pre-Examination
2023-04-28 Highlights of Laboratory Changes with Connect Care Launch 6 Provincial (all zones) Connect Care
2023-04-20 Transfusion Medicine Reminders for Launch 6 Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine; Connect Care
2023-04-20 Transfusion Medicine Downtime – May 5th and 6th Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine; Connect Care
2023-04-17 Anti-Endomesial Antibody (EMA) Testing: Backorder of Reagents Calgary Zone; South Zone Chemistry
2023-04-17 Connect Care Launch 6 Readiness - POCT Programs Provincial (all zones) Connect Care; Point of Care
2023-04-17 New Connect Care Orderable Urate Test for Cancer Patients on the Drug Rasburicase Provincial (all zones) Connect Care; Chemistry
2023-04-17 First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment for Aneuploidy Screening – Launch 6 Testing Changes Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-04-17 Specimen Collection for Viral Detection Including SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-04-17 Fixative Change for Gastrointestinal (GI) Biopsy Specimens South Zone Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-04-17 Resumption of Post Vasectomy and Fertility Testing at Red Deer Regional Hospital Laboratory Central Zone Andrology; Hematology
2023-04-03 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Client Resources Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-04-03 New Test in Connect Care - Cell Count, CRRT Effluent (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy) Provincial (all zones) Connect Care; Hematology
2023-03-24 Changes to Standing Order Process Calgary Zone Pre-Examination
2023-03-20 Revised: Repatriation of Canadian Blood Services Referred Out Testing North Zone; Central Zone; Edmonton Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-03-20 Change in Provincial Adult Autopsy Boundaries Provincial (all zones) Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-03-20 Changes to IVIG Ordering in Connect Care Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine; Connect Care
2023-03-20 Discontinuation of Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 Testing for Acute Care Sites Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-03-20 Implementation of White Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) Bands Calgary Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-03-20 Changes to the Provincial Plasma Inventories Central Zone; Edmonton Zone; North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-03-20 Clinical Indications for Placental Examination Provincial (all zones) Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-03-20 Provincial Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System Implementation Edmonton Zone; North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-03-20 NZ Specimen Tube Change for Collection of Cord Blood Transfusion Medicine Testing North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-03-20 Delayed Turnaround Time for Urine Oxalate Provincial (all zones) Chemistry
2023-03-20 New Dried Blood Spot Citrulline Monitoring Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-03-20 New Dried Blood Spot Methionine Monitoring Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-03-20 New Tyrosinemia and Alkaptonuria Monitoring Test Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-03-20 Alberta Newborn Screening Laboratory Name Change Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-02-27 ESwab Liquid Based Multipurpose Collection & Transportation System for Microbiology Specimens North Zone Microbiology
2023-02-24 Change in Reporting of Critical Low Hemoglobin Value for South Zone Community Laboratory Patients South Zone Hematology
2023-01-23 Community Laboratory Services Transition to DynaLIFE: Phase 2 Date Change Provincial (all zones) Corporate
2023-01-23 Discontinuing “Genetics Send-Out” (LAB10132) Epic Order Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-01-19 On-Site Rapid COVID-19; Influenza A; Influenza B; and RSV PCR Calgary Zone; Edmonton Zone Microbiology; Public Health Laboratory
2023-01-04 Change to Lab/DI On-Site Availability - La Crete Community Health Centre North Zone Pre-Examination
2023-01-09 Discontinuing In-House Non-Syndromic Hearing Loss Testing Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-01-09 New Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System Central Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-01-09 Transfusion Medicine Update Regarding Platelet Components Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-01-09 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections at Fox Creek Healthcare Centre North Zone Pre-Examination
2023-01-09 Container Updates in EPIC Provincial (all zones) Connect Care
2023-01-09 Provincial Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System Edmonton Zone; North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-01-09 Blood Availability at Trauma Team Activation North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-01-09 PD-L1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Provincial (all zones) Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
2023-01-17 Temporary Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections/Diagnostic Imaging at Swan Hills Healthcare Centre North Zone Pre-Examination
2023-01-20 Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Testing and Outbreaks Provincial (all zones) Public Health Laboratory
2023-01-23 URGENT - Recent AHS Network Downtime Impacting Laboratory Systems Provincial (all zones) Corporate
2023-01-25 Laboratory Services Have Returned to Normal Operations Effective 2023-01-25-0700 Provincial (all zones) Corporate
2023-01-27 Update on SARS-CoV-2 Variant Surveillance Provincial (all zones) Microbiology; Public Health Laboratory
2023-02-06 Genetic Testing for Gastric Adenocarcinoma and Proximal Polyposis of the Stomach Syndrome (GAPPS) Available Provincial (all zones) Genetics/Genomics
2023-02-06 Impact of Cyanokit Drug on Laboratory Tests Edmonton Zone Chemistry
2023-02-06 Molecular Assay for Trichomonas vaginalis; Transition to ESwabs; and Specimen Collection for Urine Culture (only applicable to testing sent to DynaLIFE) Central Zone; North Zone Microbiology
2023-02-06 Pleural Fluid for pH Collection South Zone Chemistry
2023-02-06 Testing in Edmonton for BCR::ABL1 in new diagnosis ALL; and routine PML::RARA Calgary Zone; South Zone Molecular Pathology
2023-02-06 Sendout Testing for Fusions in Solid Tumors Provincial (all zones) Molecular Pathology
2023-02-03 New Method and Specimen Collection for Trichomonas vaginalis testing in South Zone South Zone Microbiology
2023-02-06 Change of Collection Container for Stool Culture and Ova & Parasites South Zone Microbiology
2023-02-10 Laboratory Testing Changes in Lethbridge South Zone Pre-Examination
2023-02-21 Discontinuation of COVID-19 Testing on Abbott ID NOW for Non-Acute Care Sites Provincial (all zones) Microbiology; Public Health Laboratory; Point of Care Testing
2023-02-21 Process and Terminology for Priority Anatomical Pathology Requests at RAH Edmonton Zone Anatomic Pathology/Cytology
2023-02-21 Ink and Adhesives on Blood Products Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-02-21 Fibrinogen Concentrate Substitution for Cryoprecipitate Orders Provincial (all zones) Transfusion Medicine
2023-02-21 Edmonton Zone Transfusion Medicine Requisition Supply Update Edmonton Zone; North Zone Transfusion Medicine
2023-02-21 Replacement of Amies Swabs with ESwabs in South Zone South Zone Microbiology
2023-02-21 Replacement of Amies Swabs with ESwabs in Calgary Zone Calgary Zone Microbiology
2023-03-10 Change to Lab/DI On-site Availability - La Crete Community Health Centre North Zone Pre-Examination