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Date Implemented Bulletin Title Zone / Program
2021-01-11 Changes to ordering for cystic fibrosis molecular analysis in Connect Care Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central,Edmonton, North, South
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2021-01-11 Pneumatic Tube System (PTS) for blood component and blood product delivery to ACH OR Calgary
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2021-01-11 Decommissioning of Blood Storage Refrigerator at FMC Emergency Department (ED) Calgary
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2021-01-11 New Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System Calgary, South
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2021-01-15 Lab Test Changes – Rural Covenant Health Sites Central, South
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2021-01-15 MyHealth Records Lab Results Online for Patients via My Personal Records Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-01-15 On-site COVID-19 Testing with the ID NOW Central, North, South
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2021-01-15 Changes to Service at the Royal Alexandra, Grey Nuns and Misericordia Hospital Outpatient Labs Edmonton
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2021-01-25 Change of Coagulation Blood Collection Tubes for Testing Performed by NZ North
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2021-01-25 Urine Toxicology Panels – University of Alberta Toxicology Laboratory Central, Edmonton, North
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2021-01-25 Discontinuation of Platelet Closure Time Calgary, South
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2021-01-25 Changes to critical values for Acetaminophen, Ethanol and Salicylate North
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2021-01-25 Discontinuation of Digoxin Testing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose and Wainwright Health Centre Central
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2021-01-25 Changes in certain reference intervals, test menu, and reportable ranges in rural Central Central
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2021-01-25 Flagging Unaccounted Osmolal Gap Results > 10 mOsm/kg South
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2021-01-25 Ionized Calcium (iCa) Measurement on CRH Inpatients South
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2021-02-08 Vision-Tek M6 Digital Microscope Implementation Edmonton
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2021-02-08 Rapid Identification and Susceptibility Results for Positive Blood Cultures Edmonton
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2021-02-08 Medicine Hat and Brooks Lab Appointment Booking Line South
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2021-02-03 Delays in Reporting First Trimester Prenatal Screen Results Edmonton, North, Central
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2021-02-11 SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern Public Health; Genetics; Calgary; South; Edmonton; North; Central
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2021-02-16 New Test Criteria and Locations for Acute Care On-site ID NOW COVID-19 Testing Central, North, South
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2021-02-16 Nomogram changes necessitate complete switch from PTT to Anti-XA Heparin Level Edmonton
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2021-02-22 Discontinuation of Blood Storage Refrigerator at PLC Day Medicine Calgary
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2021-02-22 Discontinuation of Digoxin Measurement at Bonnyville Healthcare Centre North
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2021-02-22 Methotrexate assay change for Calgary Zone, South Zone and Hanna Drumheller Calgary, Central, South
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2021-02-22 Change in Therapeutic Range for Primidone Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-02-22 Addition of Nasal Bone to First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment for Aneuploidy Central, Edmonton, North
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2021-02-22 Connect Care Identifiers for Immediate Use North
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2021-02-25 COVID-19 POCT with ID NOW or Panbio Availability in Assessment Centres Across Alberta Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-08 Expired Blood Culture Bottles Calgary
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2021-03-08 Discontinuation of Urine Hemosiderin Testing South
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2021-03-08 Temporary Referral of Arylsulfatase A  Activity Testing Calgary, Central, South
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2021-03-08 Discontinuation of Plastic Bag Use for Transport of Blood Products Calgary
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2021-03-08 Updates to Transfusion Medicine External Resources Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-08 Updates to Reference Intervals and Reportable Ranges at Specified Edmonton Suburban and Rural Lab Sites Edmonton
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2021-03-08 Changes in Reference Intervals Calgary
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2021-03-08 Discontinuation of Glass 3.2% Sodium Citrate Tubes Calgary, Central, South
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2021-03-08 Pre-Reduced Anaerobic Sterilized (PRAS) Transport Media Change Calgary, South
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2021-03-17 Reporting COVID-19 Variant of concern test results Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-22 Urine Culture Testing North
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2021-03-22 Discontinuation of Plastic Bag Use for Transport of Blood Components and Products Calgary
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2021-03-22 Universal Lynch Syndrome Screening for Colorectal Cancer Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-22 Labelling of Maternal and Cord Blood Specimens Calgary
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2021-03-22 Provincial standardization of Reference Intervals, Comments and Available Tests: Creatine kinase, Ferritin, urine Osmolality, Total Testosterone, and the Iron and TIBC panel Edmonton, North
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2021-03-22 Discontinuation of In-House Testing: Alpha-Mannosidase, Beta-Mannosidase, and Alpha-Fucosidase Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-22 POCT Abbott i-STAT1 Troponin Testing - Update to Cutoff Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-22 Changes to Lower Reportable Limit of Digoxin Central, South
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2021-03-22 Discontinuation of Lipid Profile Testing at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Calgary
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2021-03-22 Changes to Massive Hemorrhage Protocol Calgary
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2021-03-26 Requesting Mobile COVID-19 Testing Services for Outbreak Response Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-26 Connect Care and Transfusion Medicine – Problem Areas Edmonton, North
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2021-03-26 Highlights of Laboratory Changes with Connect Care Wave 3 Launch Edmonton, North
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2021-03-26 APL Laboratory Requisition Generator Launched on APL Website Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-03-26 Appendix A - Major Changes for Laboratory Medicine with Connect Care 3rd Edition Edmonton, North
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2021-04-05 Change to Hours of Operation at Fort Macleod Laboratory/Diagnostic Imaging South
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2021-04-05 Change to Hours of Operation at Cardston Laboratory South
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2021-04-05 Provincial Standardization of Post-Vasectomy Semen Analysis Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-04-05 Discontinuation of Sweat Chloride Testing at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Effective April 10, 2021 North
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2021-04-05 Provincial Standardization of Reference Intervals and Comments for Total Testosterone - CZ South Sector Central
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2021-04-05 Provincial Standardization of Reference Intervals and Comments for Total Testosterone - CZ North Sector Central
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2021-04-06 Changes to Performing Sites for Post Vasectomy Testing Area 5 North Sector Central
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2021-04-06 Discontinuation of Sodium Heparin (NaHep) Blood Specimen Collection and Processing for Chromosomal Microarray (CMA) Follow-up Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-04-06 Pediatric and Perinatal/Stillborn Autopsy Requests Central, North
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2021-04-19 Discontinuation of Serum Folate Testing South
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2021-04-22 Resuming Pediatric and Perinatal/Stillborn Autopsy Services in Red Deer Regional Hospital Central, North
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2021-04-26 New Connect Care Ordering Processes for COVID-19 Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-04-27 Specimen requirements for investigation of COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-03 PD-L1 Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Testing Available in Alberta Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-03 Exposure Investigation (EI) Important Update Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-03 Pretransfusion Testing Specimen Collection Requirements Calgary
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2021-05-03 Transfer of Tests from MitogenDx to APL Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-03 Changes to Sunridge Patient Service Centre Service Delivery Model Calgary
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2021-05-03 Changes in Reference Intervals Calgary
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2021-05-03 Implementation of the Revised Anatomical Pathology Requisition and New Dermatopathology Requisition Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-03 New Lymphoma Protocol for North, Central and South Zones Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-03 Culture Testing at QEII North
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2021-09-10 Update to COVID-19 Variant of Concern Testing Strategy Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-17 Genetics and Genomics Carrier Testing Funding Policy Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-17 2020 University of Alberta Hospital Antibiograms Edmonton
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2021-05-17 Pilot Study of Tamper Evident Seals on Blood Transport Boxes Calgary
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2021-05-17 Change of Urine Colony Count Format South
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2021-05-17 Stat ECG and/or Troponin Testing Calgary
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2021-05-20 Routine Microbiology Testing – Bonnyville Healthcare Centre and Glendon North
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2021-05-31 Global Shortage of Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-31 Discontinuation of Gentamycin, Tobramycin and Digoxin at Misericordia Community Hospital (MCH) and Grey Nuns Community Hospital (GNH) Edmonton
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2021-05-31 Implementation of the Illumina TruSight RNA Fusion Panel for Multiple Myeloma Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-31 Rapid COVID-19 Testing of ER and Inpatients in Former East Central Region Central
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2021-05-28 POCT ID NOW COVID-19 Kit Shelf Life Expiry Change Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-05-31 Change in Urine and Salivary Cortisol Testing Methodology South
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2021-06-01 COVID-19 Variant of Concern Testing Update Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-14 New Provincial Blood Product Pick-up Slip Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-14 Tube Shortage Necessitates Complete Switch from PTT to Anti-Xa Heparin Level Based Heparin Monitoring at UAH, SGH and CCI Edmonton
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2021-06-14 Tube Shortage Necessitates Rationing for PTT Based Heparin Monitoring at Smaller Edmonton Zone Sites Edmonton
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2021-06-14 Glucose Meter Check – Availability in Connect Care and Clarification on Intended use for Blood Glucose Meters Only Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-14 Discontinuation of Testing: Acid Sphingomyelinase Activity Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-14 Changes to Ionized Calcium Reporting Central
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2021-06-14 Change to Hours of Operation at Bassano Laboratory/Diagnostic Imaging South
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2021-06-14 Ovarian Cancer Germline Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-18 Temporary Change to Bonnyville Microbiology & Endocrine Testing North
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2021-06-18 Temporary Transition at St. Mary’s Laboratory to On-Call Services Daily Between 0015h – 0600h Central, North
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2021-06-18 Potential Streaking in Innovatek QuickStep Plus® Urine Pregnancy Test Window Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-28 Gastrointestinal/Polyposis Panel and Pancreatic Cancer Panel Performing Sites Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-28 CFTR Sequencing for Intronic Variants Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-06-28 Red Deer Regional Hospital Laboratory Post Vasectomy and Fertility Testing Update Central
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2021-06-28 Referral of Amylase Testing to Calgary Central
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2021-06-28 Referral of Anti-Streptolysin O (ASO) Testing to Edmonton Central
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2021-07-12 Implementation of the Revised Gynecological Cytopathology Requisition Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-07-12 Change to Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Transcript Analysis – t(15;17) (PML/RARA) Reporting Calgary, South
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2021-07-12 Serology Testing for COVID-19 Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-07-12 Stat ECG and/or Troponin Testing Edmonton
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2021-07-12 Temporary Referral of Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Testing South
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2021-07-12 Post Vasectomy and Fertility Requisition Update and Booking Change Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-07-12 Passive Tick Surveillance at ProvLab: Identification of Ticks from Companion Animals and Environmental Sources and Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi by PCR in Ixodes spp Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-07-12 Changes to Blood Gas Reference Intervals and Critical Values North
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2021-07-16 Testing Location Change for South Zone Assessment Centre COVID-19 Samples South
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2021-07-26 Rectal Swabs for the Detection of STEC and other Pathogens Calgary
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2021-07-26 Change in Acceptable Tube Type for First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment Edmonton, North, Central
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2021-07-26 GenCan and CSAN Pharmaceutical Results Edmonton, North
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2021-07-26 Removal of iSTAT Troponin I as Backup Method at Edmonton Suburban Rural Centres Edmonton
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2021-07-26 Centralization of Vancomycin Testing in Edmonton due to ongoing Reagent Supply Shortages Edmonton
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2021-08-09 Discontinuation of Blood Storage Refrigerator at PLC OR Calgary
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2021-08-09 Temporary Transition at Brooks Laboratory to On-Call Services Daily Between 2315-0700h South
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2021-08-09 New Tests: Inherited Cardiac Disorders Gene Panels Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-08-09 Implementation of the NEW Oncotype Dx™ Requisition and Supporting Documents Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-08-16 Temporary Referral of Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Testing South, Central
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2021-08-23 Change in Abbott i-STAT1 Conventional Troponin I Cut-off Calgary
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2021-08-23 Updated IVIG Resources on AHS Transfusion Medicine Website Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-08-23 Early-stage Lung Adenocarcinoma Testing for EGFR Mutations Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-08-23 Consolidation of Pancreatic Cyst Fluid Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) Testing to Calgary Edmonton, North
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2021-08-23 Discontinuation of On-Site Thrombin Time (TT) Testing at Sturgeon Hospital Edmonton
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2021-08-20 POCT ID NOW COVID-19 Kit Shelf Life Expiry Change to 12 Months Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-08-23 Temporary Change to Laboratory and X-Ray Services Magrath South
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2021-09-06 JAK2 Exon 12 Mutation Analysis Ordering Limitations Edmonton, North
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2021-09-06 CALR and MPL Transition to NGS Edmonton, North
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2021-09-06 Calgary Zone Microbiology Requisition Calgary
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2021-08-27 Extension of Expiry Date on YOCON MT0301 Viral Transport Media and Swabs Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-09-13 Testing Location Change for South Zone Assessment Centre COVID-19 Samples Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-09-17 Temporary Change to Blood Culture Incubation and Reporting Times South
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2021-09-20 New Workflow for Fetal/Perinatal Autopsy Test Request in Connect Care Central, Edmonton, North
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2021-09-20 Total and Free Carnitine Quantitation in Blood Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-09-27 HIV Serology Testing Delays Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-09-30 Temporary Referral of High Sensitivity Troponin l Testing (Specific Calgary Zone Sites) Calgary
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2021-10-01 Update: Extension of Expiry Date on YOCON Viral Transport Media and Swabs Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-04 Discontinuation of Stool Testing for Eosinophils Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-04 POCT Panbio for COVID-19 Antigen Kit Shelf Life Expiry Change to 24 Months Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-04 Arterial Blood Gas Testing Changes - SS Central
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2021-10-04 Arterial Blood Gas Testing Changes – NS Central
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2021-10-04 Change in Chemistry Analyzers at Chinook Regional Hospital (CRH) South
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2021-10-04 ALT and AST Reagent Change and Updated Reference Intervals Calgary
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2021-10-04 Grande Prairie Community Laboratory Collection Site Change in Weekend Services Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-07 Rapid COVID-19 Serology testing for the use of casirivimab/imdevimab in the North, Central and South Zones Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-13 Expired GDL Universal Transport Medium Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-18 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Resources Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-18 Requirement for ultrasound operators to have certification to assess nasal bone for first trimester prenatal screening Central, Edmonton, North
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2021-10-18 Methodology Change for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) Newborn Screening Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2021-10-18 Hythe Laboratory Collection Site Change in Services North
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2021-10-18 Immune Globulin Screening and Approval Process – North Zone North
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2021-10-18 Automation of Select Body Fluid Cell Counts South
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2021-10-18 Laboratory Testing for H. pylori in Fort McMurray, Camrose, Lloydminster and Red Deer Central, North
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