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Notices

COVID-19

Revision of access priorities for COVID-19 testing -Update  of the external Requisition for COVID-19 (DM-6310) - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-08-19)

Rapid COVID PCR test (2021-05-10)

Rapid COVID PCR test (2021-04-29)

"Stool Parasite PCR” specimens sent during the COVID Pandemic (2020-06-26)

Temporary suspension or postponement of some tests in order to reallocate resources to COVID-19 (2020-03-23)

Decreasing activity in test center and call for reducing non-essential testing (2020-03-18)

Regular Memos

Workflow and Indications for Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-07-26) 

Conservation and Transport of Specimens - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-08-02)

Workflow and Indications for Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-07-26)

Interruption of Estrone and DHEA analysis - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-07-22)

Change of Assay and Reference Range for IGF1 (2022-07-20)

Modified Testing Schedule of Lymphocyte Stimulation Test – Central Laboratory, Glen Site - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-07-11)

National Holiday – June 24th, 2022 - MUHC OPTILAB (20225-06-03)

2022-2023 Statutory Holidays - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-05-12)

New molecular tests for HIV-1, Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) (2022-05-16)

Changes to Trichomonas vaginalis testing and Correction to Swab Catalogue Numbers (2022-05-16)

Changes to Trichomonas vaginalis testing (2022-04-28)

2022-2023 Statutory Holidays - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-2023)

Changes to the Ordering of Specific Allergy Tests - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-04-08)

Guide on the utilization of blood procurement tubes - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-04-06)

Workflow and Indications for Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses- MUHC OPTILAB (2022-03-23)

Changes for allergy testing (Immunoglobulin IGE specific)- MUHC OPTILAB (2022-02-18)

Transfer of Clonazepam testing to Centre de toxicologie du Québec - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-03-15)

Acceptable Specimen Container for Urinalysis Requests – External Clients (2022-03-10)

Updated documentation for pediatric autopsy request - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-03-02)

NT-PRO-BNP Collections Instructions – Central Laboratory, Glen Site (2022-02-18)

New NT-proBNP Assay Central Laboratory, Glen Site - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-02-15)

February Holiday – February 7 and February 11, 2022 - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-02-03)

February Holiday – February 11th, 2022 for Lakeshore Hospital, LaSalle Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-02-11)

February Holiday – February 7, 2022 - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-02-07)

Transport of COVID samples to the Microbiology lab for molecular testing - Grappe OPTILAB CUSM (2022-01-27)

Urine Catecholamine and metanephrine testing - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-01-24)

Change in Cyclosporine Assay – Central Laboratory – Glen Site - MUHC OPTILAB (2022-01-24)

Central Laboratory, Glen Site: Delay in Turn-Around Times - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-12-17)

Holiday Season (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day) - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-12-10)

Revised placental pathology requisition and new Cytogenetics - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-12-03)

FGFR3 Testing - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-12-01)

HCV qualitative PCR - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-25) 

Introduction of Flow Cytometry Requisition - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-22) 

Replacement of Transferrin by UIBC - UPDATE - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-22)

Glen site, MGH and Lachine Hospital laboratory contact list - Revised - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-12)

Glen site, MGH and Lachine Hospital laboratory contact list - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-11)

Reminder of the Mandatory Requirement of a « pick-up slip » for Products from the Blood Bank - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-10)

Reminder: Computer system update of transfusion service (e-Traceline) - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-02-09)

β-hydroxybutyrate Method Change - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-02)

Replacement of Transferrin by UIBC - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-11-02) 

Remembrance Day – November 11th, 2021 - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-10-19)

Computer system update of transfusion service (e-Traceline) - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-10-25)

Change to BNP assay availability – GLEN Central Laboratory - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-10-21)

New test : NT-Pro BNP - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-10-05) 

Acceptable Specimen Container for Aliquotted Specimens - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-09-29)

Discontinuing Osmometry Testing Onsite at Lachine Campus - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-09-29)

Labour Day – September 6, 2021 - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-08-23) 

Acceptable Specimen Container for Urinalysis Requests - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-08-05)

Central Laboratory, Glen Site: Change in Testing Schedule - Increased Turn-Around-Times - REVISED (2021-08-03)

2021-2022 Statutory Holidays - MUHC OPTILAB (2021-07-13)

Night shift staff in the Lachine laboratory (2021-06-25)

Temporary interruption of chromosome breakage testing for Fanconi Anemia (2021-06-25)

2021-2022 Statutory Holidays - MUHC Optilab (2021-06-15)

2021-2022 Statutory Holidays - MUHC Optilab (2021-05-10)

Delay in result reporting of pneumococcal antibodies (2021-04-08)

Temporary interruption of BNP analysis (2021-03-08)

Change to automated chemical urinalysis reporting – Glen site & Lachine Hospital (2021-03-09)

Change in testing schedule - Increased TATs  (2021-02-25)

Modified schedule for bone marrow procurement (2021-02-24)

2020-2021 Statutory Holidays - MUHC Optilab (2021-02-09)

2020-2021 Statutory Holidays - MUHC Optilab (2020-12-01)

2020-2021 Statutory Holidays - MUHC Optilab (2020-06-08) 

Procedures for Out of Province Genetic Testing for Inherited Diseases Based on Saliva for Out Patients - Revised (2020-05-11)

Change to our analytical platform - anti-DNase B testing  (2020-04-28)

Estradiol Assay (2020-04-01)

Dihydrorhodamine 123 (DHR123) analysis - Revised (2020-03-17)

Dihydrorhodamine 123 (DHR123) analysis (2020-03-16)

TB PCR  (2020-02-14)

Limitation of Serum Folate Testing (2020-02-05)

DPYD genotyping test prior to fluoropyrimidine treatment at the MUHC (update)  (2020-01-22)

DPYD genotyping test prior to fluoropyrimidine treatment at the MUHC  (2020-01-16)

Discontinuing the Stool Fat Test (Acid Steatocrit) on Random Samples (2020-01-09)

Determination of 5-HIAA In Urine (2020-01-09)

ESR Testing at the MUHC sites (2019-12-03)

Backup cell pellet on prenatal samples for sole risk of aneuploidy (2019-11-21)

Postnatal Chromosomal Microarray now available at the MUHC Cytogenetics Lab (2019-11-21)

Change in HIT test protocol (Heparin induced Thrombocytopenia) (2019-11-14)

Delay in CMV Viral Load Results (2019-11-13)

Central Laboratory Tips for Proper Collection and Labeling of Specimen Tubes (2019-10-23)

G6PD Quantitative Analysis - MUHC Glen site (2019-10-07)

Serum rheumatoid factor assay (2019-09-17)

Serologic diagnosis of Lyme disease (2019-09-05)

Beta-D-Glucan (Fungitell) detection in Québec (2019-08-30)

Testing for Histoplasma, Blastomyces or Coccidioides and MSSS requirements for obtaining laboratory tests that are not available in Quebec (2019-08-30)

New procedures for delivery of specimens to the GLEN Site (2019-08-01)

Free T3 (2019-07-23)

2019 -2020 Statutory Holidays – MUHC Optilab (2019-06-27)

Effect of biotin supplements on immunoassays (2019-06-11)

Quantiferon TB test (reminder of the February 2019 memo)

Quantiferon TB test (2019-05-23)

Detect TB infection with confidence

Guide to selecting the best blood collection option for your laboratory

G6PD Quantitative testing (2019-05-16)

New Tube for Trace Element Determinations (2019-05-08)

Change in the reference range for PT test results (2019-04-10)

Introduction of the the Beckman Coulter HS Troponin I assay  (2019-03-26)

Transfert of Epstein Barr Virus  serology  test to an Automated plateform  Architect 1000 (2019-03-18)

KPC screening (2019-02-13)

Updated Acceptance & Rejection Policy for Sample(s)/Specimen(s) submitted with Paper Requisition /Prescription (2019-02-04)

Manual Differential - MUHC sites (2018-05-10)

REVISED - Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrheae PCR (CT/NG)  (2016-05-16)

PCR Parasite (2016-05-04)

Thrombophilia studies (2016-02-03)