03 Mar    Vitamin D
  Vitamin D deficiency is common in Tasmania.


23 Jan    Gestational Diabetes
  Gestational Diabetes ADIPS Guidelines


19 Feb    HPV Testing
  There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the major factor in the development of cervical cancer and its precursor lesions.


09 Mar    Pathology Requests and Clinical Notes
  Laboratory staff understand that in a busy general practice it is sometimes an onerous task to include patient details on Microbiology request forms.
21 Jan    Reference Interval Changes February 2010
  Reference intervals (often called normal ranges or reference ranges) should be specific to a patient’s age and sex and specific to the method used by that laboratory. Launceston Pathology has derived optimal reference intervals for all major biochemistry tests and over the next few months we plan to introduce more detailed reference intervals.


23 Mar    Drug Screens
  The majority of our drug screen requests are for legal requirements or preemployment screens. Urine, collected under supervision, is the required sample.
23 Mar    Artificially Elevated Potassium Results
  It is not uncommon for us to get a high Potassium result, but on re-bleeding, it is within the normal range. Our laboratories have panic levels for certain analytes and for Potassium it is > 6.2 mmol/l. Above this level we are obliged to phone the ward/surgery/doctor to inform them.
23 Mar    Calculated Free Testosterone
  For most clinical purposes total testosterone measurements are satisfactory. However, where the level of binding protein (SHBG) may be unusually high or low e.g. obesity then calculating the free testosterone from total testosterone and SHBG may be helpful.


10 Nov    Webster goes Mobile
  Webster has gone mobile. This bulletin announces the arrival of a new generation of handheld devices that combine fast 3G communications with very user-friendly interfaces. They make mobile Webster access a reality.


05 Nov    Vacutainer Tube Change
  There is a significant colour change that you need to be aware of to our blood bank tube due to a label issue.


01 Dec    Urinary Tract
  A diverse range of articles covering urine microbiology, urine cytology and the investigation of polyuria.
02 Oct    Abnormal Results/Syphilis/Hep C
  Highlighting abnormal results in magenta, new syphilis screening and hepatitis C antibody reporting.
07 Aug    Testing for the Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease
  Currently our testing profile has consisted of IgG gliadin antibodies, IgA gliadin antibodies and a single tissue transglutaminase IgA antbody test. These two IgG and IgA gliadin tests have now been replaced by a single IgA test using a new deaminated gliadin.
05 Jun    Cytopathology Reporting/Pap guidelines/Quality Control
  Screening to prevent Cervical Cancer: Updated guidelines for management of asymptomatic women with screen detected abnormalities.



03 Oct    Estimation of Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR)
  Estimation of glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) will be included on reports where serum creatinine is requested on patients 18 years and over.
04 Jul    Laboratory Accreditation/Calcium/Chlamydia
  The reaccreditation of our new pathology laboratory was undertaken recently by the National Association of Testing Authorities [NATA]. Launceston Pathology can now provide testing for ionised calcium (with ion-selective electrode). Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis DNA.


01 Dec    New Launceston Pathology Laboratory
  Launceston Pathology will be opening their new laboratory on the 6th December 2004 at 71 Frederick St. Closure of Brisbane St rooms. Warfarin dosing.
01 Mar    Blood Culture Protocols/Lipid Reports
  Protocol for blood cultures in suspected bacteraemia. Changes to lipid reports


01 Sep    New Blood Transfusion Guidelines
  The Australian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service wish to ensure that blood in the form of packed red cells is only used when necessary and that unnecessary cross matching which results in a relatively high wastage rate is reduced to a minimum.
01 Aug    Troponin Assay/Coagulation/Ante-Natal/Domiciliary Visits
  Troponin assay change in method. Requirement to fill INR tubes to correct capacity. Ante-natal anti-D clinical history. Domiciliary visits.
01 May    Chlamydia Assay/Transfusion Guidelines/Faeces/INR
  New PCR assay for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis. Change in opening hours of Mowbray rooms. Pre-transfusion sample acceptance changes. HIC changes to faeces testing. Recommended procedures for warfarin overdose


01 Mar    Vacutainer Tube Change
  As mentioned in our last newsletter we are now changing over to new BD vacutainers.
01 Feb    Diabetes Mellitus/Lipid Comments/PSA/Vacutainers
  Changes to OGTT and lipid guidelines. Medicare changes to PSA requests. Vacutainer tube changes.


01 Nov    Changes to Medicare Benefits Schedule.
  Changes to the Pathology Services Table, effective 1st November 2001.