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Point of care pilot hits the road with NSW Ambulance Service

NSW Health Pathology will pilot its highly successful point of care devices in rapid response ambulance vehicles from late March.

The three-month pilot aims to test the devices' ability to provide fast, accurate results in a mobile setting.  It will also determine if the devices can reduce unnecessary patient transfers, reduce admissions and ease pressure on the ambulance service. 

The point of care team will focus specifically on ensuring devices can be securely installed and operated in rapid response vehicles and that staff are competent and comfortable using the technology.

They will also establish a network to transmit results to various medical record systems and establish WiFi capability to allow for real-time result transmission.

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Tracking the source and stopping the spread of salmonella

Pathology West’s enteric reference laboratory at Westmead is using whole genome sequencing to help track salmonella outbreaks and limit their spread.

The team is led by Dr Vitali Sintchenko and uses genome sequencing  to determine how closely related bacteria are to each other a specific outbreak.

This helps identify if cases are coming from one source or several which is important in cases like the January food poisoning episode linked to a Sylvania bakery.  

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Gosford team

New services up and running

A new purpose-built laboratory laboratory at Gosford Hospital is the latest in a series of new and improved services across Pathology North. 

The new lab features state-of-the-art equipment and sits beside the major multilevel Gosford Hospital redevelopment site which is due for completion in 2019.

Other laboratories at Lismore, Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour are now providing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The laboratory at Grafton Hospital has also extended its hours and is open until 9pm every day of the week.

Pathology North also moved its Singleton collections service to a more modern convenient location for patients, and will soon open a new collection centre in Kurri Kurri. 

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Clinical alert - Legionnaire's disease

The FASS Legionella Reference Laboratory is working hard to help pinpoint the source of the current Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Sydney's CBD.

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One step closer to consolidated records

NSW Health Pathology and eHealth have joined forces on a project to share NSW Health pathology results with HealtheNet and the national My Health Record system.

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South Eastern Area Laboratory Service (SEALS) part of new study 

Our SEALS network will be part of a new study to look at how technology can be used to reduce cases of incorrect and missed pathology test results in hospitals. 

Associate Professor Andrew Georgiou from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation will lead the five-year study which will look at how we deliver results to both clinicians and patients and the steps that take place after delivery.  

Rob Lindeman, Network Director for SEALS, said the study has real potential to improve health outcomes for patients. 

“We will use hands-on and observational research to see how we do things now and what role IT plays in the process," he said. 

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This year Viruses in May will be held from Thursday 5 May to Saturday 7 May at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. 

The annual event hosted by SEALS will cover a range of topics including common and not so common problems relating to vaccination and their appropriate use. 

Our own Chief Executive Tracey McCosker will open the conference and speak about virology and the future of pathology. 

Registrations for the Viruses in May event are now open. 

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