August 2020 Test Bulletin

August 1, 2020

The recent updates from Alverno Laboratories include discontinuation of the Vaginal Panel by PCR due to a national reagent shortage, with a recommendation to replace it with the Vaginitis DNA Probe Panel. There's also a change in collection device between the two tests, requiring samples to be collected using the BD Affirm collection kit instead of the BD Max collection kit, as samples sent in the latter will be rejected. Additionally, there's an update on the reflex criteria for urine culture testing, which now includes positive Leukoesterase indications and/or positive Nitrite indications with a WBC count >10, effective August 4, 2020.