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Our clinical laboratories provide inpatient, outpatient and outreach laboratory services for Children's Mercy patients and the greater Kansas City community.

Why Children's Mercy for your laboratory services?

  • Age-specific reference ranges

  • Broad test menu ranging from routine analysis to esoteric

  • Maximum testing with minimal sample sizes

  • Dedicated pediatric phlebotomists to minimize multiple venipunctures and redraws

  • Laboratory-to-clinician consultation to facilitate effective test ordering and result interpretation

  • Professional staff skilled in detecting & interpreting test abnormalities and disease states specific to children

  • Commitment to quality process - planning, control and improvement

Lab Sections

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides services in several specialty sections in addition to limited services at our Satellite Laboratories.

Test Directory

Use our online Test Directory to find specific information about our testing; including collection details, performing locations, turnaround times and more.

Outpatient requisitions


The policy at Children's Mercy is to provide outpatient services only when ordered by a practitioner (MD, DO, DDS, DMD, APRN, PA) who is properly licensed and eligible for participation in Medicare and other Federal health care programs.  APRNs and PAs orders will only be accepted if the provider holds a Kansas and/or Missouri license.

Direct-access testing or patient-authorized testing is not permitted.

Only written/faxed orders within 30-business days of the date of service or orders which give a specific future date of service will be accepted.

Allergy panel notice

There are many different types of allergy panels available depending on the laboratory offering the service.  When we receive panel orders which don't match our panels we will offer the family the option to have 2 tubes of blood collected, which are highly likely to cover what is needed, and follow up on order resolution after the collection.  This will require orders on a CMH requisition and may cause a delay in testing.

View requisition forms


Home collection instructions


Patients and families can find a list of all Children's Mercy locations where labs can be taken along with instructions for home collections.

View laboratory services

Infectious Disease Weekly Updates

Last week's results: January 14, 2019

Influenza A/B PCR

  • 61 Flu A, 0 Flu B/413 (15%) YTD 434/2941 (15%)

RSV PCR

  • 52/143 (36%) YTD 275/853 (32%)

Enterovirus/Human Parechovirus PCR

  • EV 0/10 (0%) YTD 0/25 (0%)

  • HPeV 0/5 (0%) YTD 0/17 (0%)

Pertussis/Parapertussis PCR

  • 1 B. pertussis, 0 B. parapertussis PCR: 1/9 (11%)  YTD 1/20 (5%)

Viral culture

  • 3 RSV and 1 Adenovirus isolcated in cell culture

Respiratory Panel PCR

  • 44/74 (59%)

  • 1 Flu A 2009 H1N1

  • 24 RSV

  • 2 Human metapneumovirus

  • 1 Adenovirus

  • 1 Parainfluenza 2

  • 11 Rhinovirus/Enterovirus

  • 2 Coronavirus NL63

  • 1 Coronavirus 229E
  • 8 Coronavirus OC43

  • 1 M. pneumoniae

Group A Streptococcus Rapid Antigen Test

Rapid Test Positive/Total Follow-Up Culture
Children's Mercy Hospital (16/56) 29% (5) 13%
Children's Mercy Northland (14/60) 23% (3) 7%
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas (11/34) 32% (1) 4%
Children's Mercy West (1/4) 25% (0) 0%
Children's Mercy Broadway (2/9) 22% (0) 0%
Children's Mercy Blue Valley (19/54) 35% (1) 3%
Children's Mercy East (23/95) 24% (3) 4%

 

Sweat Testing

If your patient will be having a sweat chloride collection (or sweat test), the following information may be helpful:

This collection takes 1-2 hours to complete and requires a scheduled appointment. Patients should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment.

Scheduling: (816) 234-3700

Locations and appointment times:

Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus
Monday - Friday
10:00 am, 11:00 am or 2:00 pm