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Respiratory Virus PCR

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SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS

Collect a nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate. Do NOT collect nose or throat swabs.

Swabs MUST be collected using UTM Viral transport media

EMR orders MUST specify collection site

All tests for respiratory virus PCR are considered urgent and must be delivered to the laboratory ASAP

Specimens are tested at AH, BHH and MH for Influenza A,B and  RSV.

If oncology or ICU patients and negative Influenza A/B and RSV,  the specimen will be referred for the multiplex PCR  - Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus, Respiratory Syncitial Virus, Picornavirus (RV/EV), Parainfluenza viruses 1,2 and 3, Adenovirus, Human Metapneumovirus, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella species, Chlamydiaceae. 

Sputum, Bronchial Washings, Bronchoalveolar Lavages are referred to an external laboratory for testing.

All other requests for multiplex PCR require approval from Infectious Diseases Unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate names:
Influenza NAD, Respiratory Viral NAD, RSV NAD
Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
RESPCR
Specimen types:
Nasopharyngeal swab
Nasopharyngeal Aspirate
Container types:
Viral Transport Media- Nasopharyngeal
Respiratory aspiration pot
Viral Transport Media- Nasopharyngeal
Collection Instructions:

Please note these swabs are available from stores.

Search for: VIRAL TRANSPORT MEDIA - NASOPHARYNGEAL

Pathology do not keep a stock of these swabs. Emergency departments and wards should manage a supply of these swabs according to demand.

 

 

Notes:

This PCR will detect and identify: Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Transport at room temperature to the Laboratory

Testing is performed at Box Hill, Angliss, and Maroondah.

Testing  Lab

Testing hours

TAT (from receipt in lab)

All sites

 

Available 24/7 

1 hr

Samples received after hours may have a longer TAT due to other urgent critical pathology testing occurring.

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
1 hours
Laboratory Use Only

  

 

If EMR is not available, Pathology results are available from Auscare.  If you do not have an Auscare login,please complete attached form. https://pathology.easternhealth.org.au/handbook/downloads/Auscare%20access.pdf

Instruction on how to use Auscare - https://pathology.easternhealth.org.au/handbook/downloads/Auscare%20instructions.pdf

SPECIMEN COLLECTION MODULE (SCM) FAQs - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE for a consent form to perform tests not covered by Medicare

TURN AROUND TIMES - When will my result be available?

CLICK HERE for Minimum Labelling Requirements

CLICK HERE for a printable Pathology request form

CLICK HERE for a Log sheet for recording Pathology results

"THE ART OF CCCCOLLECTION"

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PREFERRED ORDER OF DRAW