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You'll find tips below about how to order and expedite common pathology tests

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How to order blood or urine tests

  1. Find a computer close to a sticker printer (particularly if you are planning to collect the blood yourself)
  2. Click the add e-order button (+) and search for the pathology test required
  3. Include the indication, clinical history and any other pertinent details
  4. For certain tests, further prompts for e.g. for anticoagulation, FiO2 or sample types will need to be filled in
  5. Enter date and time (press “t” for today’s date and “n” for current time)
  6. Select “yes” to clinician collect if you are collecting the blood or “no” if you would like pathology to collect the blood 
    • Morning round - Orders before 6am
    • Afternoon round - Orders before 12:30pm 
    • Sundays - Only one blood round (morning) 
    • If you have added it late, you can call blood collectors (56189) to beg them to add it on
  7. Sign the order off 
  8. If you are collecting the blood yourself - Find the stickers which have just printed from the adjacent sticker printer

Note: If it is a specialised test and does not appear, source a pathology form on the ward and fill it in accordingly

How to expedite a set of bloods

  1. Mark the bloods as “urgent” on the e-order and take it to ICPMR in person
  2. Alternatively, call the lab (biochem 56177, 55185, coags 56209, etc.) and ask to put it in the next batch. Each lab has its own number.

How to expedite microbiology results

  1. Call the lab (#57767, #58965) for extended sensitivities or for an early readout of the plate if not already online
  2. If further concerns or questions, call the microbiology registrar on #57525 or #56065 during working hours or the ID consultant on call after hours.

How to expedite anatomical pathology (open 8am-10pm)

  1. Call the anatomical pathology lab (98456222)
  2. Go down to lab in person.

How to access preset blood panels

  1. Go to e-orders
  2. Click the folder icon and go to specialty of interest
  3. Alternatively, search the panel directly (e.g. pneumonia, septic screen, stroke, hepatitis, needlestick protocol etc)

How to save a favourite blood panel (e.g. daily bloods)

  1. Go to e-orders
  2. Select pathology tests you would like and press “done”
  3. Select all orders and determine if clinician collect, time and date
  4. Select all pathology tests and right click and select “save to favourites”
  5. Create new folder and rename according to panel
  6. When wanting to re-access folder, click the star in the e-order for access to favourites folder

Where to run ABGs

  • B5b (for PACE and ALS only)
  • ED
  • ICPMR

Pathology chute locations

  • Level 5 - AB corridor, C5a
  • Level 3 - A3a, AB corridor
  • Level 6 - A6a
  • ICU
  • ED
  • Level 4 G block - Women's health

How to order blood products from Blood Bank

Note: certain products, e.g. platelets require approval by the haematology registrar
  1. Fill a pink tube and order a group and screen on eOrders (this will automatically print out a pathology form of the group and screen order at the nearest printer)
  2. Fill in all patient details on the pink tube (note: stickers will not print out for these)
  3. Have a witness sign the pathology group and screen form printed (note: patients can also be witnesses) - Make sure the time on the tube and the time on the sheet of the specimen taken match
  4. Send the blood off with the pathology form and await results
  5. When required - Call blood bank and ask them to prepare to send up x amount of units of blood to the ward. They will either offer their wardsman to bring it up or a nurse can go down to collect it 
  6. Ensure you consent the patient prior to any blood products given using the “medical procedures” consent form (purple themed)
  7. Give blood and ensure monitoring occurs frequently (up to every 15 minutes) to detect any adverse effects

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