Turnaround Time Availability
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Expected test result availability is based on order priority

In order to meet turn-around time parameters, orders must be given the appropriate test priority based on the patient’s clinical need.

STAT

Results will be available within 60 minutes from the time the test is ordered in the computer. STAT testing may not be available for all specimens at each facility. Rural facilities may not offer a test menu as comprehensive as may be available at a Regional or Tertiary Care facility. Specimens requiring off-site testing cannot be offered on a STAT basis. 

Exceptions

  • Blood cultures will be drawn STAT and preliminary results will be available within 24 hours.  
  • STAT Microbiology cultures will be set-up immediately, only at facilities providing Microbiology testing services. Preliminary culture results will be available within 24 hours.
  • STAT Gram stain results will be available within one hour during Microbiology Technologist work hours. After hours STAT gram stains require a Microbiology Technologist to be called in.

Urgent

Results will be available within 3 hours from the time the test is ordered in the computer.

Exceptions

  • Blood cultures will be drawn urgently and preliminary results will be available within 24hr.

Routine and Timed

Turnaround time varies with type of request and performing site. Requests are processed in a timely manner with non-batched test results available same day.

Specimens requiring off-site testing may take several days for final results.

If not indicated as urgent, requests are processed as routine. Laboratories which have implemented LEAN processes should meet or significantly reduce the expected turnaround times.

Unexpected delays in results reporting

Occasionally the lab experiences difficulties that affect its ability to provide results within the stated timeframes. Physicians/wards will receive notification in the event that a STAT or Urgent order cannot be processed in time. The lab will try to communicate when the results might be expected to be available.

Department specific report availability

Timeframes for receiving a report for specific departments may differ.

 

 

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