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 Recent changes for COVID-19 PCR

Recent changes for COVID-19 PCR

Date
Field
Changed From
Changed To
16th September 2020
External Laboratory

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (V.I.D.R.L)

16th September 2020
Collection & Request Instructions

Nasopharyngeal swab in RED Copan viral transport medium

Nasal/oropharyngeal swab in GREEN Kang Jian viral transport medium

Nasal/oropharyngeal swab in GREEN Kang Jian viral transport medium

Paediatric - Nasopharyngeal swab in RED Copan viral transport medium

Notes

For Rapid testing from Emergency Department - swab must be accompanied by signed Rapid Test Authorisation Form.

DO NOT call the laboratory for results/enquiries. Inpatient tests will be prioritised and results available on EMR ASAP.

Sputum samples are referred to an external laboratory - results will be delayed.

Samples MUST be in a clear specimen bag within an outer GREEN specimen bag

DO NOT send samples in the Pathology Chute

For Rapid testing from Emergency Department - swab must be accompanied by signed Rapid Test Authorisation Form.

DO NOT call the laboratory for results/enquiries. Inpatient tests will be prioritised and results available on EMR ASAP.

Sputum samples are referred to an external laboratory - results will be delayed.

16th September 2020
Preferred Specimen Type

Nasopharyngeal swab
NTS - nose & throat swab

Nasopharyngeal swab
NTS - nose & throat swab
Sputum

Preferred Container Type

Viral Transport Media - Nasopharyngeal
respiratory PCR requirements
See Instructions

Viral Transport Media - Nasopharyngeal
See Instructions
Sterile Jar

Notes

For Rapid testing from Emergency Department - swab must be accompanied by signed Rapid Test Authorisation Form.

DO NOT call the laboratory for results/enquiries. Inpatient tests will be prioritised and results available on EMR.

For Rapid testing from Emergency Department - swab must be accompanied by signed Rapid Test Authorisation Form.

DO NOT call the laboratory for results/enquiries. Inpatient tests will be prioritised and results available on EMR ASAP.

Sputum samples are referred to an external laboratory - results will be delayed.

COVID-19 PCR

Ordering information:

Test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19.

Alternate names:
COVID, SARS-CoV-2
Laboratory:
Microbiology
Test Code:
RESPCO
Specimen types:
Nasopharyngeal swab
NTS - nose & throat swab
Sputum
Container types:
Viral Transport Media - Nasopharyngeal
See Instructions
Sterile Jar
See Instructions
Collection Instructions:

Nasal/oropharyngeal swab in GREEN Kang Jian viral transport medium

Paediatric - Nasopharyngeal swab in RED Copan viral transport medium

Notes:

Samples MUST be in a clear specimen bag within an outer GREEN specimen bag

DO NOT send samples in the Pathology Chute

For Rapid testing from Emergency Department - swab must be accompanied by signed Rapid Test Authorisation Form.

DO NOT call the laboratory for results/enquiries. Inpatient tests will be prioritised and results available on EMR ASAP.

Sputum samples are referred to an external laboratory - results will be delayed.

Frequency:
Daily
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