• MRSA and VRE: Inappropriate Surveillance Sampling
    Dec 02, 2009

    The importance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) testing is now universally accepted with established collection and testing procedures. However, some physicians and long-term care facilities are not following the collection guide with their MRSA and VRE screening programs. Multiple samples, sometimes from inappropriate body sites, are being collected and submitted for screening. For guidance on the types of specimens that will be accepted for testing, please see the Client Notice below.

    Client Notice-MRSA and VRE-Inappropriate Surveillance Sampling-December 2, 2009 [PDF]

    The importance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) testing is now universally accepted with established collection and testing procedures. However, some physicians and long-term care facilities are not following the collection guide with their MRSA and VRE screening programs. Multiple samples, sometimes from inappropriate body sites, are being collected and submitted for screening. For guidance on the types of specimens that will be accepted for testing, please see the Client Notice below.

    Client Notice-MRSA and VRE-Inappropriate Surveillance Sampling-December 2, 2009 [PDF]

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  • New OAML Guideline for Phoning of Critical Results
    Dec 01, 2009

    The Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories recently amended its Guideline for Reporting Laboratory Test Results. Several values for phoning have been amended. In addition, the protocol now permits Specialists to request blanket exemptions for specific tests and General Practitioners to request exemptions on an individual patient requisition. As well, the protocol now permits the electronic delivery of critical results where authorized by the physician. For more information, please see the Client Notice and OAML document below.

    Client Notice-OAML Guideline-December 1, 2009 [PDF]

    CLP025-Guideline for Reporting Laboratory Test Results [PDF]

    The Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories recently amended its Guideline for Reporting Laboratory Test Results. Several values for phoning have been amended. In addition, the protocol now permits Specialists to request blanket exemptions for specific tests and General Practitioners to request exemptions on an individual patient requisition. As well, the protocol now permits the electronic delivery of critical results where authorized by the physician. For more information, please see the Client Notice and OAML document below.

    Client Notice-OAML Guideline-December 1, 2009 [PDF]

    CLP025-Guideline for Reporting Laboratory Test Results [PDF]

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