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Date Implemented Bulletin Title Zone / Program
2022-05-30 Albendazole level monitoring in treatment of AE (alveolar echinococcosis) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
2022-05-30 Provincial NTRK Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
2022-05-30 Terminology for Priority Anatomical Pathology Requests Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
2022-05-30 Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) System Central
2022-02-07 La Crete Lab and Rainbow Lake POCT Abbott i-STAT1 Troponin Testing – Update to Cutoff and Critical Value North
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2022-02-07 Change to Reference Range for Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD North
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2022-02-07 Referral of Stool pH Testing South
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2022-02-07 Referral of Calcium Fluid Testing South
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2022-02-07 Discontinuation of Serum Folate Testing South
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2022-02-07 Discontinuation of CO2 Fluid Testing South
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2022-02-07 Addition of Abbott i-STAT1 Troponin I Critical Value Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-07 Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Testing at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre Central
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2022-02-07 Ammonia Orders Reflex Glucose Order - Peace River North
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2022-02-07 Ammonia Orders Reflex Glucose Order - LLB North
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2022-01-10 Neuropathology After Hours Coverage for Intraoperative Consults at RAH Edmonton
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2022-01-10 Updated  Reporting Comments and Reference Intervals for 25-Hydroxy(OH) Vitamin D Calgary, Central, South
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2022-01-10 Temporary Change to Bonnyville C.difficile Antigen Testing North
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2022-01-10 Resumption of Transfusion Associated Antibody Screens at High Prairie Health Complex North
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2022-01-13 Referred out Testing Due to Staffing Shortage Central, Edmonton, North
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2022-01-13 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections at Leduc Community Hospital North
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2022-01-14 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at Grey Nuns Community Hospital Lab Edmonton
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2022-01-14 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at RAH Edmonton
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2022-01-14 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at the Misericordia Hospital Lab Edmonton
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2022-01-18 RESCINDED -  Morinville Lab and DI Services – Permanent Closure February 1, 2022 Edmonton
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2022-01-19 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at Westview Health Centre Edmonton
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2022-01-19 Temporary Change to GPRH C.difficile Antigen Testing North
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2022-01-20 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Edmonton
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2022-01-24 Spinocerebellar Ataxia General Screen Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-09-19 Updates to Transfusion Medicine Client Resources Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-01-24 Repatriation of Vitamins B1 and B6 Testing to Calgary Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-01-24 Introduction of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Lab Order in Connect Care Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-01-24 New Molecular Test for Lung Adenocarcinoma Patients Edmonton, North
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2022-01-24 Changes to Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) Ordering in Connect Care Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-01-24 Recommendations for Pathological Examination and Molecular Testing for COVID-19 of Placenta, Umbilical Cord and Products of Conception in Cases with a History of Maternal COVID-19 Infection Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-01-24 Expired GDL and Saline Media for Microbiology Testing (including COVID-19) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-01-24 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at Leduc Community Hospital Edmonton
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2022-01-26 Temporary Outpatient and Routine Laboratory Testing Changes in Grande Prairie North
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2022-01-31 APL POCT Sample Collection Changes for COVID-19 ID NOW Testing at Assessment Centres Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-10 Temporary Changes to Electrolyte Panel Test Availability in Central Zone Central
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2022-02-16 Blood Tube Shortage: K2 EDTA (Lavender Top) Affecting CBC, Hemoglobin A1C and Type and Screen Availability Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-22 Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening Pilot Program Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-22 Revised Histocompatibility Reports Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-22 Testing Location Change for South Zone Assessment Centre COVID-19 Samples South
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2022-02-22 Vitamin C: Changes to Patient Preparation, Specimen Collection/Handling, and Reporting Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-22 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at DVH Edmonton
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2022-09-19 Connect Care Identifiers and Launch Sequencing Update Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-02-28 Temporary Change to Medicine Hat Community Laboratory Service Hours South
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2022-03-02 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections at Fairview Health Complex North
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2022-03-07 Notification of Extended Expiry Dating for Aptima Urine Transport Tubes & Aptima Urine Specimen Collection Kit Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-03-03 Laboratory Going Live on Connect Care at the Grey Nuns Community and Misericordia Community Hospitals Edmonton
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2022-03-14 Update on EDTA Blood Tube Shortage Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-03-21 Discontinuation of Testing: PTT Mixing Study Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-03-21 Lynch Syndrome MSH2 Testing by Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-03-21 Cessation of Rapid COVID-19 Serology Testing in North, Central, and South Zones Central, Edmonton, North
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2022-03-21 New Molecular Test Algorithm for Advanced Stage Lung Adenocarcinoma Patients Calgary, Central, South
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2022-03-21 New Molecular Test for Diagnostic Fusions in Solid Tumors Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-03-21 Changes and Updates to Endocrine Tests Central, Edmonton, North
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2022-03-21 New Requisition for Constitutional Cytogenetic Analysis Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-03-21 Change in Chemistry Analyzers at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (MHRH) and Change to Reference Intervals South
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2022-03-21 New First and Second Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment Requisitions Central, Edmonton, North
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2022-03-21 New Second Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment Requisition Calgary, South
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2022-03-21 New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at Redwater Health Centre Edmonton
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2022-03-22 Rotavirus Antigen Test Unavailability Calgary, South
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2022-04-01 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections at Peace River Community Health Centre North
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2022-04-01 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections at Fairview Health Complex North
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2022-04-01 Mandatory Entry of Clinical Indication in ConnectCare/Epic Urine Culture Orders Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-04-01 Update – Resumption of Routine Rotavirus Antigen Testing Calgary, South
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2022-04-04 Body Fluid Tube Type Change North
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2022-04-04 Changes to Anti Xa Test Codes in Calgary Calgary
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2022-04-04 Change of Testing Methodology for Detection of Streptococcus Pyogenes (Group A Streptococcus) from Throat Swabs Calgary
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2022-04-04 Rapid COVID-19 testing of emergency department and hospital inpatients in Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Elk Point, St. Paul, Lac La Biche and Smoky Lake North
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2022-04-12 Innovatek QuickStep Plus Pregnancy Test Supply Shortage – Substitution Product Alere Innovacon One Step Pregnancy Test Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-04-18 Ordering and Reporting of Biomarkers in Malignant Melanoma Edmonton, North
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2022-04-18 Change to Area 3 Fetal Maternal Screen Testing North
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2022-04-18 Inherited Cardiac Disorder Specific Variant Testing Available In-house Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-04-18 Serology Platform Change Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-04-18 Specimen Collection for Diagnosis of AE (alveolar echinococcosis) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-04-22 Revised: New Coagulation Analyzer Implementation at East Edmonton Health Centre Edmonton
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2022-05-02 Change in Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) Screening Cut-Off for First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessments Performed in Edmonton Edmonton, North, Central
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2022-05-02 New Test Criteria for Scared Heart Community Health Services for Acute Care On-Site ID NOW COVID-19 Testing North
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2022-05-02 Transfusion Medicine Changes to Blood Component Processing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-02 Pleural Fluid for pH Collection South
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2022-05-02 Resuming Reporting Total CO2 on Abbott iSTAT in Central Zone Central
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2022-05-02 Referral of CSF Protein and Glucose Testing from St. Mary’s Hospital to Edmonton Central
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2022-05-02 Connect Care Laboratory Specimen Source Consolidation Edmonton, North
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2022-05-04 Temporary Laboratory Testing Changes in Red Deer Central
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2022-05-06 Highlights of Laboratory Changes with Connect Care Launch 4 Edmonton
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2022-05-09 Emerging issue – Acute, Severe Hepatitis of Unknown Aetiology in Children Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-16 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-16 Provincial process for HER2 requests on advanced stage or recurrent endometrial serous carcinoma Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-16 APTIMA collection kit supply recovery for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing in Alberta Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-16 Grande Prairie Community Laboratory Collection Site Change in Services North
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2022-05-16 Connect Care Launch 4 Readiness – POCT Programs Calgary, Edmonton
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2022-05-16 Reporting of Methotrexate Levels – University of Alberta Hospital – Toxicology Laboratory Central, Edmonton, North
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2022-05-16 Provincial Blood Culture Collection and Pediatric Weight-Based Guidelines Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-16 South Sector Connect Care Launch 4 and Laboratory Services Calgary
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2022-05-16 Changes to Red Deer Regional Hospital Laboratory Post Vasectomy and Fertility Testing Central
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2022-05-20 Changes to Request Processes for Hemostasis Investigations, Hereditary Thrombophilia/Thrombosis Investigations & Antiphospholipid Syndrome/Lupus Investigations Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-20 Testing for Monkeypox Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-05-25 Critical Shortage of Luminex Single Antigen Bead Testing Kits Edmonton
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2022-05-25 Transport Medium for Leishmania Culture and PCR Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-02 Change of Testing Methodology for Detection of Streptococcus Pyogenes (Group A Streptococcus) from Throat Swabs Central
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2022-06-13 Discontinued Acceptance of Non-validated Collection Containers for Urine Drug Screens South
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2022-06-13 Standardization of Estradiol Reference Intervals and Interpretive Comments Edmonton, North
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2022-06-13 2021 University of Alberta Antibiograms Edmonton
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2022-06-13 New Molecular Genetics Laboratory General Requisition Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-13 Discontinue Collection of Paternal Samples for Prenatal CMA Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-13 Update to Thyroid Hormone Reference Intervals and to the Progressive TSH Algorithm Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-13 South Zone IVIG Screening Update South
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2022-06-09 Testing for Monkeypox (Rescinded –Refer to Updated Bulletin Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-10 Infliximab Antibodies Test Temporarily Referred Out to St Paul’s Hospital Lab, BC Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-16 PTT Therapeutic Range Changes in Central Zone Central
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2022-06-16 Implementation of high sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) testing at University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) and Sturgeon Community Hospital (SCH) Edmonton, North
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2022-06-16 Change in Chemistry Instruments at University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) and Sturgeon Community Hospital (SCH) Edmonton, North
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2022-06-27 New Myeloid NGS Panel Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-06-27 Change in PTT Normal Reference Range for all Sites in Edmonton and North Zone
Edmonton, North
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2022-06-27 IgE Allergy Testing: Upcoming Discontinuation of the Food Allergen Screen and Inhalant Screen Reflex Panel Testing Edmonton, North, Central
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2022-06-27 Launch of Molecular Assay for Trichomonas vaginalis (only applicable to locations that send testing to DynaLIFE) Edmonton, North, Central
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2022-06-27 Reporting of Methanol, Ethylene Glycol, Isopropanol and Acetone Edmonton, North, Central
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2022-06-27 Discontinuation of Serum Folate Testing at Red Deer Hospital Centre (RDRHC) Central
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2022-06-27 Addition of the Total and Direct Bilirubin to the Test Menu of Selected Rural Sites in North East Central Zone Central
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2022-06-30 POCT Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Continuing Care and Seniors Health Staff & Visitor Screening Program Discontinuation Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-11 Changes to Oncotype Dx Ordering Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-11 PD-L1 IHC Testing for Upper GI Cancer Available in Alberta Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-11 Emergence & Spread of Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR)-Shigella Sonnei Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-11 ID NOW COVID-19 Kit Shelf-life Expiry Extended to 24 Months Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-11 Notification of Extended Expiry Dating for the Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kits Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-11 Change in Chemistry Instruments at Misericordia Community Hospital & Grey Nuns Community Hospita Edmonton, North
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2022-07-11 Implementation of High Sensitivity Troponin T (hs-TnT) Testing at Misericordia Community Hospital & Grey Nuns Community Hospital Edmonton, North
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2022-07-11 Re-implementation of iSTAT1 Troponin I as Backup Method at Edmonton Suburban & Rural Sites Edmonton
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2022-07-11 Temporary Outpatient/Rural and Routine Laboratory Testing Changes in Grande Prairie North
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2022-07-11 Performance of the Athena Anti-Double Stranded DNA Immunoassay (Luminex) on the New Commercial Antigen Preparation Edmonton, North, Central
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2022-07-15 ID NOW COVID-19 Kit Shelf-life Expiry Extended to 24 Months - REVISED Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-15 Urinalysis Reagent Shortage: Impact to Turnaround Time and Availability of Urinalysis Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-18 Monkeypox virus (MPXV) testing (UPDATED from June 9, 2022) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-25 Discontinuation of INR Testing at Swan Hills Healthcare Centre North
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2022-09-19 Training for Handling and Transporting Blood Components and Products North
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2022-07-25 In-House Testing for ASXL1 Mutations South
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2022-07-25 Updates to the Calcium Infusion and Glucagon Stimulation Panels in Epic Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-07-25 New Transfusion Service Identification Number (TSIN) Form North
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2022-07-25 Change to Hours of Outpatient Collections at Seton-Jasper Healthcare Centre - Saturday Closure North
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2022-07-27 Delays in Reporting First Trimester Prenatal Risk Assessment North, Central, Edmonton
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2022-08-08 Infliximab Antibodies Test Temporarily Referred out to Prometheus Laboratories Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-08-09 Temporary Laboratory Testing Changes in Medicine Hat South
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2022-08-10 Referral of Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Testing Central
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2022-08-18 Monkeypox Virus (MPXV) Testing (UPDATED from July 18, 2022) Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-08-22 Innovatek QuickStep Plus Pregnancy Test Supply Shortage – Product Supply Restored Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-08-26 Referral of Plasma Catecholamines Testing and Tube Type Change Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-09-01 Urinalysis Reagent Shortage: Limited Availability of Laboratory Urinalysis Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-09-06 Update to homocysteine reference intervals and reportable range (only applicable to locations that send testing to DynaLIFE) Central, Edmonton, North
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2022-09-06 Rainbow Draws for Laboratory Testing Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-09-06 New Chemistry Analyzer Implementation and Expanded Test Menu at Grimshaw Laboratory North
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2022-09-06 Availability of High Sensitivity Troponin I (hsTnl) at Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre Central
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2022-09-19 IgE Allergy Testing: Discontinuation of the Food Allergen Screen and Inhalant Screen Reflex Panel Testing, New Requisition and Changes to Reporting North, Edmonton, Central
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2022-09-19 Anatomical Pathology Requisition (Consultation Request) – Sample Acceptance Requirements South
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2022-09-19 Lipase and lactate dehydrogenase (LD) updated reference intervals and implementation of lipase correction factor Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-09-19 Connect Care Launch 5 Readiness – POCT Programs Public Health, Genetics, Calgary, Central, Edmonton, North, South
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2022-09-20 Change in Chemistry Instruments at Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) Edmonton
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2022-09-20 Implementation of High Sensitivity Troponin T (hs-TnT) at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton
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