COVID-19 Order Entry in Cerner

April 1, 2020

Since February, COVID-19 virus PCR testing at St. Paul’s Hospital has been ordered in Cerner through the order “Influenza A/B and RSV PHC NAT” as no code existed for this virus previously.  As a result, SPH Virology has been manually adding COVID-19 virus PCR to all “Influenza A/B and RSV PHC NAT” orders.

Recently, however, a new order code has been introduced [“COVID-19 Virus (2019nCoV) NAT)”] on Cerner to specifically order COVID-19.  This new order enables clinicians to order COVID-19 virus PCR from different clinical specimens (NP swab, BAL, sputum), which could not previously be done on Cerner.

As of April 6, 2020, COVID-19 virus PCR will not be automatically added to “Influenza A/B and RSV PHC NAT”.  If clinicians want both COVID-19 virus and influenza A/B PCR, both orders will need to be entered (note: an order entry alert will appear when ordering “Influenza A/B and RSV PHC NAT”).

Although there are two orders entered, only 1 label will be printed meaning only 1 NP swab (or other respiratory specimen) will be needed to process both testing requests.

Please contact the Medical Microbiologist on-call through switchboard if you have questions.

This page last updated Apr 3, 2020 2:10pm PDT