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Celebrating Med Lab Week, April 16-22, 2017

18th Apr, 2017

This week, April 16-22, 2017, is National Medical Laboratory Week in Canada. This celebratory week provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) to celebrate their role in health care and to raise public awareness of the contributions they make as part of the health care team.


TI Lab Contributes to Record Year for Kidney Donations in Manitoba

9th Mar, 2017

DSM’s Transplant Immunology Lab was extra busy last year – contributing to the record 57 kidney transplants that gave the gift of life to Manitobans through Manitoba’s Renal Transplant Program. The TI Lab already plays a very important role in the transplant of kidneys from both living and deceased donors, but work has expanded as […]


Countdown on for “Ramping Up” Manitoba’s Newest MRI

27th Jan, 2017

Six months may seem like it’s still a long wait until DSM’s new MRI in Selkirk Regional Health Centre is operational, especially for residents and physicians excitedly awaiting its arrival, but for Senior MRI Technologist Trina Gulay, it’s a tight timeline with a significant list of critical tasks.


International Pathology Day – November 16

16th Nov, 2016

Today we recognize our provincial pathology team for the critical role they play in health care, contributing to prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and many other leading causes of disease.


Renovated Lac du Bonnet Diagnostics Resumes Full Service

15th Nov, 2016

Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) is pleased to resume full laboratory and diagnostic imaging services within the Lac du Bonnet Clinic, effective November 15. We thank the Interlake-Eastern community and residents of Lac du Bonnet and surrounding areas for their patience in being referred to neighbouring facilities throughout the renovations.


Pathology Behind the Scenes

15th Nov, 2016

Learn more about the important role of Pathologists in diagnosing cancer and other diseases in this Doctors Manitoba video, which is part of the Doctors Care series – Pathology Working Behind The Scenes


Lac du Bonnet Diagnostics Closed November 14

10th Nov, 2016

Diagnostic Services Manitoba’s (DSM) Lac du Bonnet Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services will be fully closed Monday, November 14, and will not be offering blood collection, X-ray or EKG services. The closure is to prepare to resume full services following facility renovations. Lac du Bonnet Diagnostics will resume full service Tuesday, November 15, offering brighter […]


Sonography Week October 3-9

4th Oct, 2016

This week we celebrate Manitoba’s sonographers, who are an integral part of the patient care team. Sonography, or ultrasound, is an examination that uses sound waves to obtain pictures of the internal structures and organs in the body. Thank you for your commitment to Manitoba physicians and patients! See Sonography Canada’s Sonography Week poster.


New Provincial Health Organization – ‘Shared Health Services Manitoba’ (PHO-SHSM)

June 30,17

On behalf of the DSM Board and the organization, we want to provide clarification and reassurance that Diagnostic Services Manitoba continues to be Manitoba’s provincial diagnostic services provider and that you can reach us through the same channels you have in the past.

DSM will continue as the corporate, legal entity it has grown to be; in other words, DSM will continue “as usual” through the next nine months of transition to the new Provincial Health Organization – Shared Health Services Manitoba that was announced on June 27, 2017.

On April 1, 2018 DSM will become an integrated and integral part of PHO-SHSM. We expect that there will be no interruption to our ability to enter into agreements, contracts, and most importantly: 

without interruption to high quality, efficient, and effective

diagnostic services for Manitobans.

We are excited to become part of the broader provincial health organization and are proud that our organization will in many ways act as the foundation for Shared Health Services Manitoba. The new organization’s mission of improving patient care and providing coordinated clinical and business support to the province’s regional health authorities is very much in line with DSM’s own raison d’etre.

We look forward to continuing to work with all our stakeholders throughout this transition period and within the new provincial health organization post April 1, 2018.

In the complex world of health care, change can cause uncertainty: for our patients, public, health care providers and our business partners. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to connect with us through your normal contacts or at:

Diagnostic Services of Manitoba Inc. (DSM Inc.)
1502 – 155 Carlton St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3H8
Phone: (204) 926-8005 or 1-866-320-8796 (Toll-free Across Canada)
Fax: (204) 940-1761
Email: contact@dsmanitoba.ca
HR Inquiries: dsm_hr@dsmanitoba.ca
Accreditation Inquiries: DSMQuality@dsmanitoba.ca

We will continue to update our website with additional information as it comes available; thank you all for your patience and support.

Arlene Wilgosh, Board Chair
Jim Slater, CEO

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Diagnostic Outpatient Service Interruption for Selkirk & Region Patients

May 30,17

DSM’s laboratory and diagnostic imaging services will be moving to the new Selkirk Regional Health Centre between June 5 and June 28 resulting in some interruptions to outpatient diagnostic services.

Services & Location Dates Affected Outpatient Service Impact
X-Ray Testing

Selkirk & District General Hospital

June 5-25 Outpatient X-ray services will be unavailable June 5-25.

If you require an X-ray before June 26, please visit neighbouring facilities in Arborg, Ashern, Beausejour, Eriksdale, Gimli, Lac du Bonnet, Pine Falls, Pinawa, Stonewall or Teulon.

For more information on location, please visit our Locations & Hours Page

Lab Blood/ Urine Collection

Selkirk & District General Hospital

Selkirk Medical Centre

June 23 The Labs at Selkirk & District General Hospital and Selkirk Medical Centre will be closed to outpatients June 23.

If you have any questions about how DSM diagnostic services may be affected during the move period, please call DSM Diagnostics in Selkirk at 204.785.7421.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work with the Interlake-Eastern Region to accommodate the move. We look forward to serving you at the new Selkirk Regional Health Centre, located at 120 Easton Drive (next driveway from the existing hospital) where all regular diagnostic services will resume June 28.

Please visit www.ierha.ca for more information on the opening of the new Selkirk Regional Health Centre.

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Celebrating Med Lab Week, April 16-22, 2017

April 18,17

This week, April 16-22, 2017, is National Medical Laboratory Week in Canada. This celebratory week provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) to celebrate their role in health care and to raise public awareness of the contributions they make as part of the health care team.

Often, the role of the lab professionals are hidden behind the closed doors of the lab, so the connection between the lab professional and patient care is not immediately apparent. But lab professionals are driven by an equal interest in science and caring for people so they put tremendous care into the work they do. MLTs are specially trained in educational programs for medical laboratory science. They may prepare specimens and conduct tests in a variety of disciplines such as Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry & Genetics, Transfusion Medicine and Pathology.

DSM’s lab professionals serve communities across the province, striving to provide all Manitobans, no matter where they live, with high quality laboratory tests and timely results – or what DSM calls the “Results That Matter.” These results are important because they form the basis upon which doctors make diagnoses and treatment decisions.

To learn more about the role of lab professionals in health care, visit We’re Here for You, an educational website created by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

 

 

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TI Lab Contributes to Record Year for Kidney Donations in Manitoba

March 9,17

DSM’s Transplant Immunology Lab was extra busy last year – contributing to the record 57 kidney transplants that gave the gift of life to Manitobans through Manitoba’s Renal Transplant Program. The TI Lab already plays a very important role in the transplant of kidneys from both living and deceased donors, but work has expanded as a result of the province’s latest donation option – donation after cardio-circulatory death (DCD), introduced in January 2016.

By offering DCD, the planned withdrawal of medical support that results in cardio-circulatory death, more families can now consider organ donation.  It is anticipated that DCD will increase donation rates by 20 to 25 per cent. In 2016, three DCD donations resulted in six individuals receiving new kidneys.

TI Charge Technologist Denise Pochinco says that the lab work-up for DCD is very similar to processes for Neurologically Determined Death (NDD) donors, however, organ suitability is not a sure thing and only 60-70% of potential DCD donors are able to donate. For DCD organs to be eligible, donors must reach death within a specific timeframe after the withdrawal of support. “It is difficult for our team to learn that the work they have started for a patient will not result in a much-needed transplant,” said Denise. “However, more times than not, successful transplantation results, making this method of giving very worthwhile.”

As with any transplant case timeliness of testing is critical. Once the organ is retrieved, the TI technologists perform final compatibility tests so recipients can get into the operating room as quickly as possible. Of course, the team is up to this task. They are used to the pressures and tight timelines required to cross match donors with recipients and monitor patients for signs of rejection.

“There are simply not enough kidneys available to meet the need. If the DCD program can increase transplant rates and improve the quality of life for more patients, it is a rewarding endeavour for the lab staff.”

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Today – March 9, 2017 – is World Kidney Day. World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. To learn more visit the World Kidney Day website.

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Countdown on for “Ramping Up” Manitoba’s Newest MRI

January 27,17

Six months may seem like it’s still a long wait until DSM’s new MRI in Selkirk Regional Health Centre is operational, especially for residents and physicians excitedly awaiting its arrival, but for Senior MRI Technologist Trina Gulay, it’s a tight timeline with a significant list of critical tasks.

“There is a lot of planning that needs to happen for the implementation of a new MRI,” said Trina, who came to DSM after 15 years with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority where she also managed the implementation of MRI at Grace Hospital. “First off, if you think about the fact that the wait list for elective procedures is six months, then we need to start taking appointments now to help decrease the provincial MRI wait list. But before we can be ready for appointments, we need to have all of our policies and procedures in place.”

There are many protocols, policies and procedures that Trina needs to develop before the machine can be “ramped up” — which is the terminology used to refer to the process of turning on an MRI. None are perhaps more important than the policies pertaining to safety. The machine that Selkirk will be receiving this June is a Siemens 1.5 Tesla magnet. Trina explained that this magnet is stronger than the ones used to pick up cars. Any metal that comes into the MRI room will fly like a missile toward the machine, potentially injuring or even killing anyone that stands in its path.

“It’s actually called the projectile or missile effect,” said Trina. “MRI is perfectly safe for patients if all the safety procedures are observed, but when they mistakenly aren’t, the results often make international headlines. Safety just can’t be overemphasized.”

Like other MRI facilities, the MRI wing at Selkirk has been specially designed for safety. Visitors must travel through three other rooms before they can enter the specific room where the machine is housed. Patients and other visitors such as physicians, nurses, housekeeping staff and even emergency personnel will not be able to gain entry without a technologist.

There are many other necessary policies and procedures for Trina to develop, as would be the case for setting up any new service. For instance, a scheduling system needs to be in place that will maximize the impact on Manitoba’s MRI wait list for elective and non-urgent scans while also ensuring there is room to handle emergencies. This also means knowing how cancellations will be handled.

“Having a policy that will enable clerical staff to quickly fill no shows and cancellations will be very important,” said Trina. “We don’t want to have downtime if at all possible. It’s so important for patients to phone us in advance if they are cancelling their appointment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.”

Trina will also be building job tasks for technologists, orientation guides for staff, hosting MRI safety training sessions and developing competency documents to meet Human Resources and Employee Relations requirements. Then, new staff will need to be recruited, hired and trained before they can accept patients. Recruitment won’t happen until closer to the go live date, but all the documentation needs to be ready to go in advance.

“We also have provincial accreditation to prepare for,” said Trina. “MANQAP has specific needs and expectations too, so everything we do needs to be compliant with these guidelines. There is so much that needs to be accomplished. I use a Gantt chart to keep the project organized and ensure that everything is on track for go live.”

It is anticipated that scanning will officially begin in late June or early July. Look for updates on this MRI project in coming months.

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International Pathology Day – November 16

November 16,16

Pathology-word-cloudToday we recognize our provincial pathology team for the critical role they play in health care, contributing to prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and many other leading causes of disease.

November 16 celebrates the medical and laboratory specialty of pathology, which is everything from a PAP test to a biopsy and the study of all organs or tissues surgically removed from the body. Providing pathological diagnosis requires skilled and dedicated medical laboratory technologists, medical laboratory assistants, pathologists’ assistants, transcriptionists and pathologists. Thank you for your dedication to the care of Manitoba patients

International Pathology Day was established by the Royal College of Pathologists to recognize and celebrate the contribution and important role played by pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global health challenges and improving the health outcomes of people and communities around the world.

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Renovated Lac du Bonnet Diagnostics Resumes Full Service

November 15,16

lac-du-bonnet-phlebotomy-room-smDiagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) is pleased to resume full laboratory and diagnostic imaging services within the Lac du Bonnet Clinic, effective November 15.

We thank the Interlake-Eastern community and residents of Lac du Bonnet and surrounding areas for their patience in being referred to neighbouring facilities throughout the renovations.

DSM is committed to providing a patient-centred environment and we hope that patients will enjoy the brighter and more accommodating lab and imaging area.

Lac du Bonnet Clinic 89 McIntosh Street (204-345-1226)
Lab & X-Ray – Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

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Pathology Behind the Scenes

video-screenshotLearn more about the important role of Pathologists in diagnosing cancer and other diseases in this Doctors Manitoba video, which is part of the Doctors Care series – Pathology Working Behind The Scenes

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Lac du Bonnet Diagnostics Closed November 14

November 10,16

Diagnostic Services Manitoba’s (DSM) Lac du Bonnet Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services will be fully closed Monday, November 14, and will not be offering blood collection, X-ray or EKG services. The closure is to prepare to resume full services following facility renovations.

Lac du Bonnet Diagnostics will resume full service Tuesday, November 15, offering brighter and more accommodating spaces for patients.

DSM thanks the Interlake-Eastern community, and particularly residents of Lac du Bonnet and surrounding areas, for their patience in being referred to alternate facilities throughout the renovations.

Please click here for a list of neighbouring facilities that can provide blood collection, X-Ray and EKG services on November 14.

Beausejour Hospital 151 First St. S (204-268-6033)
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Pinawa Hospital 30 Vanier Road (204-753-2731)
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Pine Falls Health Complex 37 Maple Street (204-367-4451)
Monday – Friday 8:15 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

 

 

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Sonography Week October 3-9

October 4,16

This week we celebrate Manitoba’s sonographers, who are an integral part of the patient care team. Sonography, or ultrasound, is an examination that uses sound waves to obtain pictures of the internal structures and organs in the body. Thank you for your commitment to Manitoba physicians and patients! See Sonography Canada’s Sonography Week poster.

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