UHN/MSH Department of Microbiology Policy QPCMI03001.07 Page 1 of 1
Section: Microbiology Lab Specimen Subject Title: STAT Specimens
Prepared by: QA Committee Original Date: March 1, 2003
Issued by: Laboratory Manager Revision Date: April 01, 2007
Approved by: Laboratory Director Annual Review Date: June 16, 2008
The following specimens are processed as STAT:
Sterile sites (CSF, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, joint aspirate, etc.) - Direct Smear
Operating room specimens requested STAT - Direct Smear
Other requests for STAT processing of specimens must be approved by a Microbiologist
STAT specimens will be processed immediately upon arrival in the Microbiology laboratory.
The result is normally available within one hour and will be telephoned to the ward as soon as is
PROCEDURE FOR ORDERING STAT SPECIMENS:
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 22:00
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 08:00 to 16:00
The Microbiology Lab should be notified by phone 416-586-4432 about the impending
arrival of a STAT specimen
Specimens should be hand delivered to the Specimen Management Center at each
Hospital or directly to the Microbiology Laboratory at MSH 14th floor.
At other times, a Medical Microbiologist and the clinical infectious diseases service will be
available for clinical consultation and can be reached through locating at 416-586-5133.
When the STAT specimen does not arrived at the Lab within reasonable time, the technologist
will track down the specimen by calling the ward to find out where and when the specimen was
Test not performed in Microbiology. Refer to Hematology Lab.
UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK/MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL, DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY
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