The purpose of this Guideline is to establish reporting protocols which will enhance patient safety and at the same time prevent unnecessary telephone calls to clinicians outside of office hours.
There are two circumstances which present exceptions to routine reporting guidelines and which may require expedited reporting processes. These are:
Test results which deviate significantly from reference values and are apparently unexpected, based on the information available to the testing laboratory.
A clinician has requested expedited reporting to meet a special clinical need.
Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories Guideline for reporting protocols and health care provider notifications.