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Syzygy December 2017 08-12-2017

In this edition of Syzygy:

  • New testing protocol for typhoid
  • Sonic Skin Pathology Handbook now available electronically
  • CST update: clinical notes for women younger than 25 years
  • Lending a hand in Honiara
  • Changes to services for Christmas and the New Year

Testing for salmonella: A clean sweep of the broom 08-12-2017
Doctor Bulletins

The microbiology laboratory has made great strides in introducing clinically useful diagnostics over the past couple of decades, particularly in recent years with the development of molecular assays that 'narrow the gap' and provide early diagnoses. While introducing new tests, it has also been important to evaluate and discard old tests that may not contribute greatly to patient outcomes. One such test that has come under the spotlight is the classic Widal agglutination test in the diagnosis of typhoid.

Blood Tests - Fasting 12-12-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions
In the 3 hours after you eat, many chemicals in your blood undergo significant changes. These changes can also occur if you do not eat for an extended period (more than 16 hours).  Because of this, many blood tests should be collected in the morning after an overnight fast. Fasting means that you eat and drink nothing except water for 8-12 hours before your blood test.
Urea Breath Test (UBT) 12-12-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions

This test examines your breath for the presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which can cause gastritis (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach) or ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.

Understanding the skin pathology report 03-01-2018
Doctor Bulletins

Understanding the skin pathology report

Normal skin structures, diagnoses, glossary of commonly used terms in skin pathology reports

Pathology and Pregnancy 05-01-2018
Patient Brochures

Patient brochure on pathology tests during pregnancy.

Syzygy February 2018 25-01-2018

In this edition of Syzygy:

  • Clinical Audit - Cervical Screening Test - now accpeting registrations
  • CST update: Medicare criteria for women younger than 25 years
  • We welcome Dr Michelle Alizart, histopathologist
  • Clinical usefulness of ESR: Recommendations for ordering ESR
Arterial Blood Gas 21-02-2018
Patient Test Collection Instructions

Blood for an Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) test is taken from an artery. Most other blood tests are done on a sample of blood taken from a vein, after the blood has already passed through the body's tissues where the oxygen is used and carbon dioxide is produced.

Medicare criteria requirements for rebate 09-03-2018
Doctor Bulletins

Most pathology tests automatically qualify for a Medicare rebate; however, for some tests, Medicare requires that the patient satisfy certain clinical criteria before the rebate applies, or limits the frequency of testing, or both. Some tests do not qualify for a rebate under any circumstances.

Please note that this list is not comprehensive. A large number of specialised tests in the general areas of metabolic and molecular genetic testing, occupational health, and environmental and nutritional testing, are not included.

Medicare Rule 3 exemptions 09-03-2018
Doctor Bulletins

Under certain circumstances, Medicare Australia regulations allow a single signed request form to cover repeat testing. The table below details the maximum number of repeat tests allowed under these circumstances. Once the maximum number of tests have been reached, or 6 months have passed since the initial request, a new request form for repeat testing will be required.

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