The Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL) is committed to prioritizing testing to assist health-care providers in making swift patient care decisions in an urgent or emergency circumstance (“STAT”). STAT testing should only be requested when it directly affects patient care in an emergency medical circumstance.
samples must be shipped separately from routine specimens in a clearly marked
package indicating ‘STAT’ and handled in accordance with the Canadian
Biosafety Standards and shipped in accordance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Failure to comply may delay testing.