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  • Ordering Viracor Immunknow / Cylex Panel (Referral Testing)

    November 13, 2018, 11:57 AM by Anthony O. Okorodudu, Ph.D.
    Effective today, 11/13/2018, the Immuknow assay performed by Viracor Eurofins Laboratory will be available as an orderable assay in EPIC. Please order this assay as Immuknow or Cylex, and not as a Miscellaneous test. The specimen collection procedures remain the same, namely collection of 6 ml of blood into a Sodium Heparin (green top) tube, kept at room temperature.
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  • PTT Critical Value Changed to 100 seconds

    April 24, 2018, 11:04 AM by Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP
    One of the critical values used at UTMB is a PTT greater than 70 seconds. This value is easily achieved with therapeutic concentrations of heparin, which results in many unnecessary calls. To help reduce the call volume, the Medical Staff Executive Committee has voted to change the PTT critical value at UTMB from greater than 70 seconds to greater than 100 seconds. Please contact Dr. Michael Laposata, Chair, Department of Pathology, with any questions or concerns.
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  • Specimens for Referral Testing

    March 7, 2018, 00:00 AM by Cindy Lewing, MT(ASCP), CHS
    Referral Testing is processed and sent out Monday – Friday 8am-1pm. Specimens received after 1 PM will be shipped the following business day (if Friday, then following Monday). As a general rule, time sensitive specimens should not be collected on a Friday or the eve of a Holiday. STAT or Time Sensitive specimens (to be picked up Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday eve), you MUST notify a Specimen Management staff member.
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