Do you use your lab manual?

generic lab manualIf you don’t, you should definitely take a look, because you’re missing out on an abundance of information!

Here are a few examples of what you can find inside: contact numbers, protocol and project number, the visit test schedule, specimen collection instructions, example requisitions, result reference ranges and much more!

Question of the Month:
How are expired
or damaged kits resupplied?

Some studies, but not all, will have automatic resupply.  In order to trigger this service for expired or damaged kits, sites need to notify Covance when this occurs.  It is important to keep your kit inventory updated in order to have automatic resupply orders trigger properly. You can notify us about your kit inventory, or order any needed kits if your study does not have automatic resupply, via the kit order website:

Please fill out the required fields and write the kit name and inventory number under the comments section.

Reference Ranges
Alerts and Flags

Reference ranges are important criteria to evaluating your patient’s laboratory results.  Covance provides reference ranges that are age and gender specific and represent a heterogeneous clinical trials patient population.   Covance uses a series of flags to represent the meaning of a patient’s test results which fall outside of the reference range.

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If a patient’s value triggers a flag, it will print on the laboratory report.  Your sponsor may request additional flags.  These will also print on the laboratory report.
In order to ensure timely assessment of patient care, regulations require immediate reporting of laboratory values with potentially critical implications for the patient.  For all HP and LP flags, Covance calls the investigator site and requires a live voice to receive these values and read back.  Notification of other flags are determined by the sponsor of the protocol.