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Respiratory PCR

Alternative Names:Influenza A/B PCR
RSV PCR
Flu virus PCR
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:FRS
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Registration Instructions:

Use FRS for Respiratory test performed at NPV.Code  RVM for extended testing (if instructed by microbiology department) of Respiratory PCR performed at the Alfred.

Specimen Types:Swab
Container Types:
eSwab (Elution swab)eSwab (Elution swab)
Collection & Request Instructions:

Rapid testing for Influenza A, Influenza B and RSV is performed on all specimens. 

Testing using the extended respiratory virus PCR panel available on request.

Mouth swabs are not an acceptable specimen.

Transport Instructions:Send to lab immediately
Assay Frequency:Daily
Additional Notes:

The following respiratory pathogens are detected with the extended panel: Influenza A/B, Parainfluenza 1,2,3, RSV, Adenovirus, Human Metapneumovirus, Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Bordetella pertussis and Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Turn around time for the extended panel is 36 to 48 hours (longer over weekends).