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COVID-19 Microbiology Testing Restrictions
March 24, 2020

With the increased requirement for molecular COVID-19 testing other microbiology and molecular requests need to be restricted or reduced to free up staff and preserve reagents and consumables for this testing. These restrictions are effective immediately. We would ask that all microbiology testing is minimised and specifically require the following: Restriction in Asymptomatic Chlamydia and…

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Testing for suspected COVID-19
March 03, 2020

The number of cases reported globally due to COVID-19 are rising. The first confirmed case in New Zealand was reported by the MOH late last week. The situation is being monitored closely and information is being updated on a regular basis. Any patient who is suspected of having COVID-19 and being considered for testing should be discussed with and approved by the local Medical Officer of Health…

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Corona Virus
January 30, 2020

The number of cases reported globally due to nCoV are rising. However, no confirmed cases have been reported in New Zealand by the MOH to date. The situation is being monitored closely and information is being updated on a regular basis. Any patient in primary care who is suspected of having 2019 nCoV infection and being considered for testing should be discussed and approved by the local Public…

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MDRO Screens
November 18, 2019

A continuing rise in multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) in New Zealand has led to increased demand for MDRO screens, particularly with the recent emergence of CPEs. MDRO screens include screening for one or more of the following: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) Vancomycin resistant Enterococci (VRE) Carbapenemase producing…

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Sputum Cytology Specimens
November 11, 2019

In a recent review of processes, we now respectfully request any sputum cytology be sent as a separate sputum sample with a separate laboratory form, and not combined with other requests such as Microbiology microscopy, culture and susceptibilities (M,C, & S), and/or mycobacterial culture, etc. on the same specimen. Cytology (3 specimens – different days), separate specimens and laboratory form…

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