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PLEASE NOTE: Recent changes have been made to this Test


 Recent changes for Quantiferon

Recent changes for Quantiferon

Date
Field
Changed From
Changed To
17th July 2019
Collection & Request Instructions

 PLEASE NOTE : Quantiferon specimens must now be collected using a dedicated Quantiferon Collection Pack containing four tubes (see image above)

Specimen must be tested within 10 hours of collection.

DO NOT refrigerate specimen.

Collect Monday - Friday before 10:00am.

Used to detect latent infection with M.tuberculosis, not for the diagnosis and management of active tuberculosis.

Note: Heparinised blood required, minimum 5 mL

 

 PLEASE NOTE : Quantiferon specimens must now be collected using a dedicated Quantiferon Collection Pack containing four tubes (see image above)

Specimen must be received at Box Hill by 16:00hrs Monday-Friday

DO NOT refrigerate specimen.

Used to detect latent infection with M.tuberculosis, not for the diagnosis and management of active tuberculosis.

Collection Centre

Latest Collection time

Latest courier time for transport

to BHH Microbiology

(must be received by 1600hrs)

 

Box Hill

1400 hrs

N/A

 

Maroondah

1400 hrs

1450 hrs

 

Angliss

1400 hrs

1415 hrs

 

Wantirna Health

1400 hrs

1515 hrs

 

Yarra Ranges

1100 hrs

1115 hrs

 

Peter James Centre

1100 hrs

 

1205 hrs

1020 hrs

Healesville/Yarra Valley

1200 hrs

1240 hrs

 

 

Processing Instructions

If the specimen is collected at Maroondah or Angliss Hospitals, please contact the BH Microbiology Dept (9895 3475) before sending the samples.

Do not centrifuge, refrigerate or freeze specimen.

If the specimen is collected outside of Box Hill Hospital, please contact the BH Microbiology Dept (9895 3475) before sending the samples.

Do not centrifuge, refrigerate or freeze specimen.

External Transport Instructions

When packing for transport, the specimens MUST be packed in a separate transport esky at room temperature.

DO NOT put in an esky with cold packs.

FOR MICROBIOLOGY STAFF

QUANTIFERON GOLD PROCESSING

Quantiferon Gold specimens must be processed as below before sending to VIDRL

Note: Tubes must be incubated within 16 hours of collection.

At 12.00-12.30 mix the Quantiferon Gold tubes by inverting 10 times.

Incubate the tubes UPRIGHT in incubator M120.

Write time of incubation in F8 notes.

The next day at 8 am centrifuge the tubes for 15 mins at 3000g

(Tubes must be incubated for 16 to 24 hours.)

Check tubes for complete separation, respin if necessary.

The tubes are then ready to be packed and sent to VIDRL

Write the incubation time (from F8 notes) on the cover sheet.

NOTE : There is no change to collection times. Store & transport specimens at room temperature.

When packing for transport, the specimens MUST be packed in a separate transport esky at room temperature.

DO NOT put in an esky with cold packs.

FOR MICROBIOLOGY STAFF

Quantiferon Gold specimens must be processed as below before sending to VIDRL

Note:

Tubes must be incubated within 16 hours of collection (keep at room temperature until incubation);

Incubation at 37°C must be for 16-24 hours;

After incubation, tubes must be centrifuged within 3 days (keep at room temperature until centrifugation).

QUANTIFERON GOLD PROCESSING

Processing: to be performed by Microbiology staff

Remix all tubes immediately before incubation by inverting 10 times

Incubate at 37°C, O2 (M138 incubator). There is a metal rack in the incubator to stand the tubes upright during incubation

For specimens received between 0800 hrs and 1600 hrs, incubate overnight.

For specimens received after 1600 hrs, hold at room temperature and incubate at 0800 hrs the next day (for 24 hours) and sent to VIDRL on the following day (i.e. two days later)

At 0800hr each day, remove specimens from incubator and centrifuge for 15 minutes at 3000 RCF (g). The laboratory assistant will do this on weekdays, Blood Culture Bench Scientist will do this on Saturday and Sunday

After centrifugation, send specimens to VIDRL with the 1230 hrs courier

Specimens that are received in the laboratory, greater than 10 hours after collection will not be tested (KIMMS).

Quantiferon

Ordering information:

Specimen must be received at Box Hill by 16:00hrs Monday-Friday

Collection Centre

Latest Collection time

Latest courier time for transport

to BHH Microbiology

(must be received by 1600hrs)

 

Box Hill

1400 hrs

N/A

 

Maroondah

1400 hrs

1450 hrs

 

Angliss

1400 hrs

1415 hrs

 

Wantirna Health

1400 hrs

1515 hrs

 

Yarra Ranges

1100 hrs

1115 hrs

 

Peter James Centre

1100 hrs

 

1205 hrs

 

Healesville/Yarra Valley

1200 hrs

1240 hrs

 

Alternate names:
Quantiferon TB Gold
Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
QTFN
Specimen types:
Blood
Container types:
Quantiferon Collection PackQuantiferon Collection Pack
Collection Instructions:

 PLEASE NOTE : Quantiferon specimens must now be collected using a dedicated Quantiferon Collection Pack containing four tubes (see image above)

Specimen must be received at Box Hill by 16:00hrs Monday-Friday

DO NOT refrigerate specimen.

Used to detect latent infection with M.tuberculosis, not for the diagnosis and management of active tuberculosis.

Collection Centre

Latest Collection time

Latest courier time for transport

to BHH Microbiology

(must be received by 1600hrs)

 

Box Hill

1400 hrs

N/A

 

Maroondah

1400 hrs

1450 hrs

 

Angliss

1400 hrs

1415 hrs

 

Wantirna Health

1400 hrs

1515 hrs

 

Yarra Ranges

1100 hrs

1115 hrs

 

Peter James Centre

1100 hrs

 

1205 hrs

 

Healesville/Yarra Valley

1200 hrs

1240 hrs

 

 

Frequency:
Weekly
Result Turnaround Time:
3-7 days
Laboratory Use Only

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