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PLEASE NOTE: Recent changes have been made to this Test


 Recent changes for Methotrexate

Recent changes for Methotrexate

Date
Field
Changed From
Changed To
1st February 2023
Laboratory

Referred Test

Biochemistry

Collection & Request Instructions

Send ASAP (within 24 hrs, 7 days a week). Contact reference laboratory prior to sending the sample.

Testing performed on an as needs basis. 

External Laboratory

Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute

Method

Hand deliover samples to Biochemistry DO NOT load onto the 8100

Methotrexate

Ordering information:

Please call the Biochemistry Department on 22008 to inform them that Methotrexate samples are being sent to Pathology.

Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
MTX
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Plain Tube with gelPlain Tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Testing performed on an as needs basis. 

Minimum Adult Volume:
2 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
1 mL
Notes:

Please note time after dose

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
24 hours
Reference Interval:

Eastern Health Guidelines recommend calcium folinate dosing continue until methotrexate levels < 0.05 umol/L. For specific dosing regimen and adjustments, please see relevant Oncology and Haematology Unit Cancer Guidelines.

Laboratory Use Only

  

 

If EMR is not available, Pathology results are available from Auscare.  If you do not have an Auscare login,please complete attached form. https://pathology.easternhealth.org.au/handbook/downloads/Auscare%20access.pdf

Instruction on how to use Auscare - https://pathology.easternhealth.org.au/handbook/downloads/Auscare%20instructions.pdf

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TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

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"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

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