Exercise Physiology Lab: Lactate Test Protocol Change
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (formerly the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies) at the University of Manibota is providing information to all students who took Exercise Physiology classes (Exercise Physiology I and II) from 2002 to May 2012 to notify of a change in a test used in some of those classes. Please note that this only applies to students in those classes who volunteered to participate in the lactate test using a lancing device.

If you took Exercise Physiology at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management between 2002 and May 2012, AND volunteered to participate in an activity in which students' blood samples were obtained to test the level of lactic acid in the blood, please click HERE.

At the time the Faculty began using the lancing device, it was accepted that such devices were entirely safe for use on multiple subjects. The lancing device holds a needle-like poker, a lancet, which punctures the skin, and the lancet was changed between every use. The skin of each student was properly cleaned and sterilized before the lancing device was used. In some cases, the lancing device itself may also have been cleaned between each use. It has subsequently been learned that there is an extremely low likelihood that the lancing device could retain microscopic amounts of blood between uses. The Faculty and University have attempted to identify circumstances in which such devices may still be in use for multiple subjects, and to discontinue such use.

The Faculty has consulted with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Population & Public Health Program, and understands that the risk of having contracted any sort of blood-born infection as a result of the voluntary participation in this test is exceptionally low.

The approximate odds are:

•    Hepatitis C: one in 1,000,000
•    Hepatitis B: one in 100,000 (if vaccinated against hepatitis B), or one in 10,000 (if not vaccinated)
•    HIV: one in 10,000,000

Although the risks are extemely low, the University takes the health and safety of its students very seriously, and wishes to take pro-active steps to inform students and former students of this lactate test protocol change. The Faculty has notified, by mail and/or email, individuals who may have had their blood lactate levels tested as part of the class between 2002 and May 2012.

The lactate test and lancing device are no longer used in the Exercise Physiology classes. The Faculty adheres to the CSEP position statement on blood sampling.

You may read more in the Q&As and email krmques@cc.umanitoba.ca if you have additional questions.