Media Advisory - CSMLS Announces how Effective Lab Test Preparation Could Help Reduce Patient Wait Times

    OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Society for Medical
Laboratory Science (CSMLS) will be celebrating National Medical Laboratory
Week and suggesting ways to ensure accurate test results.

    When:       Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Who:        - Steven Fletcher, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the
                  Minister of Health
                - Dr. Adam Cwinn, Head of The Ottawa Hospital's Emergency
                - Robin Power, President, CSMLS
                - Kurt Davis, Executive Director, CSMLS

    Where:      Ottawa Hospital General Campus
                Biochemistry and Hematology Lab
                3rd Floor, Eye Institute Building
                501 Smyth Road
                Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6

    Info:       Please park in the round near the new Critical Care Wing.
                Media are to meet in the atrium of the Critical Care Wing and
                will then be escorted to the Lab, as it is usually closed to
                the public.

    Lab Test Checklist

    Questions for your doctor

    - Why is this test requested?
    - What kind of information will the test provide?
    - Is this test the only way to find out this information?
    - Should I stop taking my medication (prescription, non-prescription,
      herbal) before the test?

    Questions for your medical laboratory professional

    - How is the test done?
    - How accurate is the test?
    - Will the test be uncomfortable?
    - What do I need to do prepare for the test?
    - Can I drink before the test? What and how long prior?
    - Can I smoke before the test?
    - Can I eat before the test?
    - Can I exercise before the test?
    - Where will the test be done?
    - What time is best for collection?
    - How long does the test take?
    - How will I feel during the test?
    - Where do I have to go for the sample collection?
    - How long will the collection of the sample take?
    - When will the results be sent to my doctor?

    Developed by the Alberta College of Medical Laboratory Technologists
    Distributed by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

For further information:

For further information: Alana Fontaine, (613) 233-8906, Cell: (613)

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