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    MC 1947
    PO Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 W. 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756-3199

    Phone: (512) 776-7318
    Fax: (512) 776-7294

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Manual Of Reference Services - Changes

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Introduction | Changes to the MRS | Contact Information | Local Health Department Labs | Specimen Collection and Submission | Specimen Shipping, Mailing | Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours | Lab Tests | Forms, Fee Schedule -

MRS changes listed by date

Date

Change

03/24/14

Changed Results Available from “3-4 working days after receipt of specimen” to “4-7 working days after receipt of specimen” for the following:

03/05/14

Changed Results Available from “2-3 working days after receipt of specimen” to “4-5 working days after receipt of specimen” for the following:

02/20/14

Updated Mycobacteriosis (Culture - Isolation-Direct Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex) and Tuberculosis (Culture - Isolation - Direct Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex).

01/23/14

Updated Newborn Screening specimen collection requirements.

11/18/13

Removed Adenovirus (Culture - Typing) test no longer offered. Updated form name to G-2V (previously G-2A) for Adenovirus, Enterovirus, Herpes Simplex, Influenza, Mumps, Parainfluenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Rubella, Rubeola and Varicella.

09/10/13

Removed Parasitology tests no longer offered: Chagas’ Disease (Culture - Isolation), Chagas’ Disease (Identification). Triatomine bugs are forwarded by Zoonosis Control to the CDC or TAMU.

08/30/13

Updated the Laboratory Fee Schedule.

08/28/13

Updated Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours, Holidays to include FY2014 Holiday Schedule.

08/26/13

Added new test request forms.

08/19/13

Updated Blood Lead, Cholesterol/Lipid Profile, Diabetes/Glucose, and Total Hemoglobin. Removed tests no longer offered: Blood Type/Rh Factor/Antibody Screen and ID, RPR Card Test, and Triple Screen Testing.

06/06/13

Removed Arbovirus tests no longer offered: Insect Identification and Mosquitoes, Larvae (Microscopic Identification)

02/27/13

Added Strep Screen (Group B only) testing information.

01/28/13

Updated Laboratory Contact Information.

12/19/12

Updated Clinical Chemistry information in the Guidelines for Specimen Shipping and Mailing.

11/29/12

Updated information for Newborn Screening Tests.

10/15/12

Revised testing information for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea using Gen-Probe Aptima Combo Assay.

10/12/12

Updated the Laboratory Fee Schedule.

09/04/12

Updated Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours, Holidays to include FY2013 Holiday Schedule.

06/22/12

Revised Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours, Holidays to reflect that after hours receipt of specimens is temporararily unavailable.

01/25/12

Updated Laboratory Contact Information.

10/28/09

Temporarily removed Q-Fever testing information. See the Correspondence/Bulletins notice for more details.

10/06/09

Updated Biochemistry and Genetics RPR Card Test information and contact number for Microbiology Histoplasmosis (Culture – Genetic Probe Confirmation).

09/01/09

Posted the 2010 Holiday Schedule under Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours, Holidays.

07/30/09

Updated Microbiology Laboratory testing information for Bordetella pertussis PCR and Calicivirus.

07/22/09

Updated MRS Order Forms for General Supplies, Title V / SDI Supplies, Child Health Laboratory Supplies, Newborn Screening Supplies, PKU Monitoring Laboratory Supplies, TB Supplies, and GenProbe Collectors.

03/12/09

Updated the Manual of Reference Services (MRS) PDF version and web version to reflect new serum specimen acceptance criteria. Refer to the Serum Specimen Criteria page for details.

11/18/08

On Guidelines for Specimen Shipping and Mailing page: Changed "clinical diagnostic specimens" references to read "Biological Substance, Category B," per DOT shipping regulations. Updated mailing label in Packaging and Labeling of Biological Substance, Category B diagram.

10/13/08

Linked revised G-1B, G-1C, G-2A, G-2B, F40-A, and F40-B Specimen Submission Forms and added a new link to the WHL form M47.

07/22/08

Corrected whole blood volume from 20mL to 2mL for Microbiology Filariasis (Microscopic – Direct Giemsa Stain) and Malaria (Microscopic – Direct Stain Giemsa)

07/18/08

Corrected Laboratory Fee Schedule procedure number under the Quality Control: Non-human category for CZZ0007A SUPPLEMENTAL CERTIFICATION

06/23/08

Updated Clinical Chemistry Tests.

05/01/08

Updated Local Health Department Labs contact information.

04/16/08

Changed wording slightly to clarify Bone marrow aspirate instructions in the Guidelines for Mycobacteriology (AFB) Collection, Transport, and Storage.

03/31/08

Added new forms information for G-1B and F-40A and B to Forms section. Updated Laboratory Operations Unit administrative contact information.

03/19/08

Updated Women's Health Laboratory administrative contact information.

02/27/08

Posted updated Newborn Screening Supplies Order Form (PDF 37k), which is accessible from the Forms and Lab Fee Schedule page.

02/14/08

Added accessibility features to the PDF version, i.e. clicking on an item in the table of contents jumps you to the applicable page.

11/20/07

Removed redundancy in Newborn Screening Blood Specimen and Handling Procedure.

11/13/07

Corrected security phone number for Specimen Receiving, Lab Hours, Holidays and updated 2008 Holiday Schedule.

11/06/07

Updated and expanded Hemoglobin Electrophoresis section (also known as Hemoglobinopathy, Hemoglobin Type, or Sickle Cell Screening)

10/05/07

Updated rejection criteria for whole blood specimens submitted for lead and total hemoglobin testing; causes for rejection changed from 21 days to 10 days.

09/13/07

Corrected Mycobacteriology-mycology CPT codes for Acid fast bacillus (AFB): Culture probe only MAC0053A AFB, TB IDENTIFICATION, PROBE and Acid fast bacillus (AFB): Identification, referred isolates MAC0053A AFB, TB IDENTIFICATION, PROBE to: 87149

07/30/07

Inserted new Fees Schedule.

04/13/06

Changed storage and shipping instructions for Calicivirus specimens to: store cold,  4° C, do not freeze

03/01/06

Updated fees for several Environmental tests.

11/15/05

Bordetella pertussis culture (Identification) test removed.

09/29/05

Updated shipping requirements on the RPR Test Card  in Biochemistry and Genetics.

 

Last updated May 16, 2014