Bulletins

Communications

Additional novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information can be found on the AHS Staff and Health Professionals page.


Date Implemented Bulletin Title Zone / Program
2020-03-09 Inherited Thrombophilia Testing Limitations All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Edmonton Zone Update Microbiology Requisition - CH-29 Retired All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Galactose-1-phosphate quantitation All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Change to Format of Lab Bulletin & Forms and Requisition Web Pages All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-03-09 Test Panels for Urine Toxicology Testing Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-03-09 Referral of Phenobarbital testing to Calgary Calgary, South
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2020-03-06 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Laboratory Update All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-01-27 Salmonella Serotyping All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-01-17 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Detected in Wuhan, China All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-01-27 Removal of Neonatal Bilirubin testing from St-Joseph’s Hospital in Vegreville, as well as Daysland, Two Hills & Vermilion Health Centres Edmonton
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2020-01-27 Referral of Theophylline testing to Edmonton Edmonton
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2020-01-27 Discontinuation of Reverse T3 Test Calgary, South
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2020-01-13 The Training of Handling Blood Components and Products for Transfusion Medicine South
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2020-02-10 Changes to anti-adrenal cortex autoantibody (21-hydroxylase antibody) testing All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-02-10 New Provincial Requisitions; New Fields to Enable Laboratory Report All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-02-10 Anatomical Pathology Health Care Provider Satisfaction Survey Results All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-02-10 EPIC: Clinical History – Hard Stop Change Edmonton
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2020-02-10 Screening for Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) Central
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2020-02-10 Referral of Urine Drug Screen Testing Calgary
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2020-02-10 Handling Blood Components and Products Dispensed in Blood Transport Boxes South
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2020-02-10 The Training of Handling Blood Components and Products for Transfusion Medicine - Revised South
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2020-02-10 Blood Storage Refrigerator at TBCC Calgary
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2020-02-24 Removal of ferritin, LH and FSH testing from St-Mary’s Hospital Laboratory Central
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2020-02-24 Blood Storage Refrigerator at CSS Calgary
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2020-02-24 Blood Storage Refrigerator at FMC Unit 57A Calgary
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2020-03-11 Laboratory Bulletin – Change to Community Influenza Testing All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-03-23 Discontinuation of Breast Implant Notification Letter Calgary
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2020-03-23 Discontinuation of Maternal Immune Anti-A/B Testing Calgary
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2020-03-23 Transfer of Tests from MitogenDx to APL in Calgary Calgary
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2020-03-19 Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Sample Collection All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-03-25 Changes to Routine HBV, HCV and HIV Viral Load Testing All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-04-06 Molecular Genetic Testing after Blood Transfusion Edmonton, North
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2020-04-06 Connect Care Urinalysis Reporting Standardization Edmonton, North
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2020-04-06 Changes in Blood Collection Tube for Troponin Testing at High River Hospital and Canmore General Hospital Calgary
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2020-04-06 Availability of High Sensitivity Troponin I (hs-Tnl) at High River Hospital and Canmore General Hospital Calgary
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2020-04-06 Referral of Urine Drug Screen Testing Calgary
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2020-04-03

Clarification on Cessation of Routine Laboratory Testing Memos

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Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-04-08 Essential Test Menu changes - Autopsies Calgary
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2020-04-08 Transition of Group A Streptococcus Pharyngitis to GASDirect Test Calgary
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2020-04-08 Discontinuation of UriSwab™ Collection Tubes for Urine Cultures Calgary
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2020-04-11 Activation of Modified Essential Test Menu, Molecular Pathology Laboratory North (University of Alberta Hospital) Edmonton
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2020-04-11 COVID-19 test performance Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-11 Major changes in COVID-19 specimen collection recommendations Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-15 Pneumatic Tube and Telelift Transport Systems (COVID-19) Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-15 Physician Office Closures and Undelivered Patient Laboratory Result Reports Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-20 Introduction of Rapid, Decentralized COVID-19 Testing at RDRH, CRH, MHRH Central, South
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2020-04-20 Redirection of RSV/Influenza Testing to APL Public Health Laboratory from South & Central Zones Central, South
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2020-04-20 Redirection of RSV/Influenza Testing to APL-Public Health Laboratory Calgary
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2020-04-20 Out-of-Province Biochemical Genetic Testing Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-20 New Provincial Requisitions; New Fields to Enable Laboratory Report Delivery; Acute Care Site Use Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-20 Introduction of Rapid COVID-19 Testing in Calgary ICU’s Calgary
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2020-04-15 Change from nasopharyngeal to throat swab for COVID-19 and RPP testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-17 Blood Component and Product Handling for Contact and Droplet Precautions Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-04 Next-Generation Sequencing BRCA1/2 Tumor Molecular Panel Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-04 Karyotyping Criteria for Chorionic villi Sampling (CVS) Specimens Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-04 Discontinuation of Serum Lithium Measurement in High River and Plasma Digoxin and Phenytoin Measurement in Strathmore and High River Calgary
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2020-05-04 Change in Location of Retic Testing at Strathcona Community Hospital Laboratory Edmonton
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2020-04-29 New Collection Kit for COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Testing Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-04-30 Rural AHS Sites Temporarily Move to Appointment-Only Lab Collections All
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2020-05-04 Introduction of Rapid, Decentralized COVID-19 Testing at QE II Hospital (Grande Prairie) North
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2020-05-04 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to ED Patients at RDRH, CRH, MHRH Central, South
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2020-05-08 Continuation of Ordering Only Clinically Necessary Testing Memorandum Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-08 Introduction of Rapid, Decentralized COVID-19 Testing at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC) and Northwest Health Centre (NWHC) North
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2020-05-19 New Hematology Analyzer – XN 550 South
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2020-05-19 Client Resource – Lymphoma Protocol Edmonton
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2020-05-19 Change to Provision of Platelets for Aplastic Anemia Patients Calgary
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2020-05-19 On-site Troponin I Testing at Alberta Children’s Hospital Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-20 Rapid COVID-19 Testing Pilot for PLC and FMC Inpatients Calgary
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2020-05-20 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to Emergency Department Patients at QEII North
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2020-05-29 Change in ordering Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) and COVID-19 Testing Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-05-20 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to Emergency Department Patients at NLRHC, NWHC, STGH and LAACC North
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2020-06-05 Requisitions & Instructions for Ordering Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-15 Changes to Reference Intervals of Magnesium and Urea South
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2020-06-15 Changes to Reference Intervals of Alanine Aminotransferase, Gamma Glutamyl Transferase, Magnesium, Urea Central
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2020-06-15 Changes to Reference Intervals of Alanine Aminotransferase, Vitamin B12, Ferritin, Gamma Glutamyl Transferase, Magnesium, Urea Central
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2020-06-15 Use of Fibrinogen Concentrate (FC) South
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2020-06-15 Unmatched Blood Refrigerator at SHC ER Calgary
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2020-06-15 Monitoring Patients for Hemolysis Post-IVIG Infusion Calgary
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2020-06-15 Kleihauer Betke Testing and Rh Immune Globulin Dosing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-15 Enhanced Lipid Reporting (CVD) Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-15 Discontinuation of Cryoprecipitate Pooling by Transfusion Medicine staff South
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2020-06-15 Discontinuation of Concentration of Incompatible Platelets for Patients > 4 Months of Age and Implementation of Platelet Titre testing for ABO Antibodies South
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2020-06-15 Change to Factor V Leiden/APC Resistance Testing Process North, Edmonton
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2020-06-12 Recall of Leaking COVID-19/Respiratory Virus Transport Media Tubes All
Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South, view-all
2020-06-15 Resumption of Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-22 Memo: Relaunch of Lab Collection Services Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-24 Serology Testing for COVID-19 Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-29 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Resources Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-29 Discontinuation of Fecal Reducing Sugar and Fecal Sugar ID Testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-29 Expansion of Acceptable Swab and Transport Media Types for HSV/VZV and Syphilis PCR Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-29 Lyme Disease Serology – Change from C6 to VlsE1/pepC10 Serology Assay Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-29 Turnaround Time for HFE-Related Hemochromatosis Molecular Genetic Testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-06-29 Discontinuation of Blood Storage Refrigerator at SHC Day Medicine Calgary
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2020-06-29 Changes to Urinalysis Reporting – CZ, North Sector Central
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2020-06-29 Changes to Urinalysis Reporting – CZ, South Sector Central
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2020-06-29 Changes to Serum/Plasma Albumin Results and Reference Intervals Edmonton
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2020-06-29 2019 University of Alberta Hospital Antibiograms Edmonton
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2020-06-29 New Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System North
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2020-07-13 Implementation of the Provincial Autopsy Consent Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-07-13 Urinalysis Reporting Standardization North
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2020-07-13 Malaria Test Preliminary and Final Reporting South
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2020-07-13 Molecular Diagnostic Labs Name Change Public Health, Genetics, Edmonton, Calgary, Central, South, North
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2020-07-10 COVID-19 Collection Kit Guidance Public Health, Genetics, Edmonton, Calgary, Central, South, North
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2020-07-20 Prosigna Delisting, Modified OncotypeDx Request Process Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-07-27 Discontinue faxing of IVIG Screening Form TM2038 Calgary
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2020-07-27 Changes to Zika Virus Serology Testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-07-27 Referral of Urine Toxicology Testing from Red Deer Regional Hospital Central
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2020-07-27 Requesting Pediatric and Stillborn Autopsies in Central Zone, North Zone and NWT Central, North
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2020-07-27 Availability of Rapid COVID-19 Results on Meditech Central, North, South
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2020-07-27 New Connect Care Provider Identifiers for the Northwest Territories (NT) Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-07-27 Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Testing to ER and Inpatients in former East Central Region Central
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2020-08-14 Access to Laboratory Mobile Collection Services Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-08-24 Notification of Temporary Physician Relocation for the Distribution of Prenatal Screen Reports North
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2020-08-24 ThyroSPEC Assay Availability for Bethesda III/IV Thyroid Cytology Specimens Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-08-27 Visualization Process for Priority Specimen Identification Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-08-29 Discontinue using APTIMA Collection Kits/Swabs for COVID-19 Testing Immediately Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-08 Discontinuation of Urine Hemosiderin Testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-08 New Connective Tissue and Vascular Disorder Testing Panels Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-08 New Process for Ordering Out of Province Genetic Testing Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-08 Changes in Troponin Method Central
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2020-09-08 Changes in Troponin Method Central
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2020-09-08 Ordering of Cold Agglutinin Testing in Connect Care Edmonton
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2020-09-08 Change to Negative Blood Culture Reporting Times South
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2020-09-08 Pleural Fluid for pH Collection South
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2020-09-14 Changes in Troponin Method North
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2020-09-17 Racking Process for all COVID-19 Samples Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-21 Lower Reporting Limit for Salicylate South
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2020-09-21 Ordering of Manual Differentials South
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2020-09-21 Expanded Cancer Biomarker Testing Panel for Lung Cancer Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-09-21 Calgary Laboratory Website Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-21 Urine Culture Testing North
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2020-09-18 Discontinue using COPAN ESwab™ Collection Kits/Swabs for COVID-19 Testing Immediately Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-09-29 Potential Rerouting of Specimens – Cytogenetics North North, Edmonton
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2020-09-30 Visualization Process for Priority Specimen Identification of COVID-19 Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-10-05 Changes to Reference Intervals of Albumin on Vitros Analyzers-SZ South
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2020-10-05 Changes to Reference Intervals of Albumin on Vitros Analyzers-CZ Central
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2020-10-05 Changes to Reference Intervals of Albumin on Vitros Analyzers-NZ North
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2020-10-05 Discontinuation of 24 Hour Urine N-Terminal Telopeptide (NTx) Testing at UAH Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-10-05 Fibroblast Cultures for Genetic Testing Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-10-05 Irradiated Indicator Labels on Red Blood Cells (RBC) and Platelets Calgary
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2020-10-05 Provincial Standardization of Order of Draw for Blood Collection Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-10-05 Red Deer Regional Hospital Lab Appointment Booking Line Central
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2020-10-05 Referral of Urine Toxicology Testing from Northern Lights Health Centre North
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2020-10-05 Anticipated Delayed Turn-around Times for Biochemical Genetics South Test Results Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-10-09 Addressing Delays in Laboratory Services Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-10-19 Discontinuation of Post Vasectomy Testing at Designated Rural Sites North
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2020-10-19 Manual Differential (MDIFF) Ordering Central
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2020-10-19 Addition of Biochemistry for First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment in Twin Pregnancies Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-10-19 Electron Microscopy Testing of Platelet or other Hematology Specimen Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-10-19 DNA Storage Policy – Molecular Genetics North Sector Central, Edmonton, North
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2020-10-19 Change to Reference Interval of Serum Osmolality South
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2020-10-19 Changes to Lower Reportable Limit and critical Value for Salicylate Central
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2020-10-19 Calgary Hospital Outpatient Lab Locations and Service Restrictions During COVID-19 Calgary
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2020-10-19 New Lymphoma Protocol for Edmonton and Calgary Calgary, Edmonton
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2020-10-19 Cardiac Biopsy Specimen Collection Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-10-16 Highlight of Laboratory Changes with Connect Care Wave 2 Launch Edmonton
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2020-10-16 Connect Care Wave 2 Readiness - POCT Programs Edmonton
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2020-10-26 Updated Visualization Process for Specimen Identification of COVID-19 Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-11-02 North Sector Standardization of Breast Resection Inking Edmonton, North
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2020-11-02 Urine Culture Testing North
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2020-11-02 Grande Prairie Laboratories Appointment Booking Line North
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2020-11-02 Change to Reference Interval of pH Fluid South
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2020-11-02 Implementation of High Sensitivity Troponin Testing in Edmonton Zone Edmonton
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2020-11-02 Clinical Biochemist or Pathologist Approval Prior to Ordering Fluid Osmolality Central
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2020-11-02 Discontinuation of Sweat Osmolality Measurement at Red Deer Regional Hospital Central
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2020-11-03 APTIMA collection kit shortage for Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing in Alberta Public Health, Genetics, North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South
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2020-11-03 APTIMA collection kit shortage for Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) testing in Alberta Calgary
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2020-11-16 Implementation of General Toxicology Panel (GTP) in Calgary Calgary
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2020-11-16 Referral of Anti-Streptolysin O (ASO) testing to Calgary South
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2020-11-16 Process for Ordering HLA Matched Platelets Calgary
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2020-11-16 Project ACTT (Access to Cancer Testing and Treatment in response to COVID-19) sponsored by Canexia Health and AstraZeneca Canada Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-11-16 PTEN Testing Methodology Update Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-11-16 Decommissioning Blood Storage Refrigerator at SHC OR Calgary
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2020-11-16 Collection of Cord Blood Samples in a 6 mL EDTA Container Calgary
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2020-11-20 Changes to Respiratory Viral Testing: COVID-19, Influenza/RSV and Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) CZ Calgary
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2020-11-20 Updates to COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Testing in North Zone North
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2020-11-20 Changes to Respiratory Viral Testing: COVID-19, Influenza/RSV and Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) CZ Cental, South
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2020-11-20 COVID-19-and other Respiratory Virus Testing Changes Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-11-25 Changes to Ordering Aptima Collection Kits from Cardinal Health Calgary, South
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2020-11-25 Changes to Ordering Aptima Collection Kits from Hologic North
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2020-11-30 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Resources Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-11-30 Repatriation of Thiopurine Methyltransferase (TPMT) Phenotyping to Calgary Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-11-30 Excess use of venous blood gas (VBG) panel orders on ACH inpatients and outpatients Calgary
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2020-11-30 Medicine Hat Outpatient Lab Locations and Service Restrictions during COVID-19 South
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2020-11-30 Screening for Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) North
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2020-11-30 Cerner Millennium Laboratory Information System – EXTENDED DOWNTIME December 6, 2020 0030-00-0845 Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-11-30 Millennium Laboratory Report Format Changes for Paper, Fax and ER4 Reports December 6, 2020 Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2020-12-02 On-site Rapid Testing for COVID-19 at Bonnyville Health Centre North
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