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Fecal Occult Blood Testing Suspended

توقيف اختبار الدم الخفي في البراز مؤقت

大便潛血測試暫停

آزمایش خون پنهان در مدفوع فعلاً انجام نمی شود

Suspension du test de recherche de sang occulte dans les selles

ਮਲ ਵ ਿੱ ਚ ਵਿਪੇ ਖੂਨ ਦੀ ਜਾਂਚ ਬੰਦ ਹੋ ਗਈ ਹੈ

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Please note all lab providers in BC have suspended Fecal Occult Blood testing using Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) due to a manufacturer reagent problem.

We are investigating the issue in conjunction with the manufacturer and other lab providers in BC.

More information on the status of testing will be provided when it becomes available.

At this time, we are not able to estimate when testing will resume.

What this means:

  • For patients with a requisition for fecal occult blood testing
    • Collection kits will not be issued.
    • The requisition will be returned for use when testing resumes.
    • Please check www.lifelabs.com for updates.

       
  • For patients submitting a specimen
    • We will accept the specimen, but it will not be tested and will be disposed of safely.

       
  • For patients who have previously submitted a specimen that has not been reported
  • For patients with an unused FIT kit
    • Unused FIT kits need to be disposed of properly and should not be placed in household garbage.  
    • Please return your kit to a LifeLabs PSC for proper disposal.

For updates, please check www.lifelabs.com  or call 604-547-3424 or toll free 1-888-339-7797.

For questions regarding the Colon Screening Program please visit http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/screening/colon.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.    Why was testing suspended?

Testing was suspended due to an issue with the FIT testing reagent in use by all lab providers in BC. For reference a reagent is a substance or mixture for use in chemical analysis or other reactions.

 

2.    When did LifeLabs become aware of the problem? What was done after the problem was discovered?

The issue was discovered early September. Following an initial investigation, all lab providers in BC have suspended testing.

 

3.    When will testing resume?

We are actively working on a solution, but it may be a number of months before testing resumes. More information on when testing will resume will be provided when it becomes available.

For updates, please check www.lifelabs.com  or call 604-547-3424 or toll free 1-888-339-7797.

 

4.    Will patients have to recollect samples or receive a new requisition when testing resumes? Will Patients have to redo the test?

For patients with a requisition for fecal occult blood testing

  • Collection kits will not be issued.
  • The lab will provide you with a copy of the requisition for you to bring back to pick up a kit once testing is available in BC again.

For patients submitting a specimen

  • We will accept the specimen, but it will not be tested and will be disposed of safely.

 

For patients who have previously submitted a specimen that has not been reported

  • Testing will not be performed.

 

For patients with an unused FIT kit

  • Unused FIT kits need to be disposed of properly and should not be placed in household garbage Please return your kit to a LifeLabs PSC for proper disposal.

For updates, please check www.lifelabs.com  or call 604-547-3424 or toll free 1-888-339-7797.

 

5.    Will results be reported for samples received prior to suspending testing?

Testing will not be performed on samples not yet reported.

 

6.    How will tests be reported that are shown as pending on my ehealth?

All tests will be reported with a comment that gives direction to recollect the sample once testing resumes. Further direction will be provided when testing resumes.

 

7.    Are physicians aware of the delay in testing? Will you be informing my physician?

Yes, physicians have been notified that testing was suspended.

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