Laboratory Emergency Preparedness
The Laboratory Services Emergency Preparedness program is committed to continual improvement of laboratory preparedness and response to all emergencies. We have improved our laboratories' capacities to respond to biological, chemical and radiological threats. With our partners, we intend to incorporate our response protocols to emergencies, including natural disasters, disease pandemics, or perpetrated acts into the framework of every day business.
Sentinel Clinical Laboratories - Revised Definition Now Available
In October 2012, this definition, revised by the Sentinel Laboratory Partnerships and Outreach Subcommittee, was published. You can view the document here.
The criteria for certification as a Sentinel Clinical Laboratory in Montana are listed here.
Portacount® Respirator Fit Testing Program
DPHHS Preparedness Programs are loaning Portacount® Respirator Fit Testers to hospitals and other facilities that utilize N95 respirators as part of their personal protective equipment. A Fit Tester may be checked out for up to three weeks. To obtain more information about this new service, contact Dayle Perrin, Hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, 444-3898.
To request the use of a Portacount® Respirator Fit Tester, please complete a request form, and mail, fax, or e-mail, using the contact information on the form. For technical details about the Portacount® Respirator Fit Tester, contact the Montana Public Health Laboratory, 800-821-7284.
Exposure to Toxic Chemical Agents
Information for Rapid Toxic Screens (aka white boxes, clinical specimen kits), in the event of suspected exposure of population to agents of chemical terrorism. Please remember to submit specimens to MTPHL (for forwarding to CDC.)
- Shipping Instructions for Specimens Collected from People Who May Have Been Exposed to Chemical-Terrorism Agents
- Chain of Custody for Specimens Sent to MTPHL Includes address for shipping of specimens for Biological and Chemical Exposure Events
- Instructions for Shipping Blood Specimens to MTPHL after a Chemical-Exposure Event
- Instructions for Shipping Urine Specimens to MTPHL after a Chemical-Exposure Event
- CDC Specimen-Collection Protocol for a Chemical-Exposure Event
- Blood Specimen Manifest for a Chemical Exposure Event
- Urine Specimen Manifest for a Chemical Exposure Event
Exposure to Biological Agents
- Bioterrorism Emergencies
- ASM guidelines for sentinel laboratories (includes testing and packaging and shipping
- Fact sheets on Specific Bioterrorism Agents
Drinking Water Emergency Sampling (DWES)
Unknown Substance Sampling
- CDC's Laboratory Response to Suspicious Substances
- Credible Threat Policy
- Chemical/Biological Agent Transport Kit Instructions