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Test Catalog

Test ID: FLUMS    
Influenza Virus Type A and Type B, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Nasal or nasopharyngeal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

 

Specimen Type: Throat or nasal swab

Supplies: Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

Container/Tube: Sterile container with viral transport media

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect specimen by swabbing back and forth over mucosa surface to maximize recovery of cells.

2. Swab must be placed in viral transport media (for example, M4-RT, M4, or M5 media); BBL Culture Swab (T092) container includes a stabilizing media.

 

Acceptable:

Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal washing

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

 

Specimen Type: Bronchial washing or bronchoalveolar lavage fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.3 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Swabs E-swab, calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, dry swab, or transport swab containing gel

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 7 days