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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
Laboratory Notes:

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

ICU/Oncology patients testing negative for Flu A/B and RSV  will be referred to Monash for respiratory virus panel. This includes 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.

The following specimens will be referred for testing-

Sputum, Bronchial Washings, Bronchoalveolar Lavages

Specimens for Respiratory Multiplex PCR will be referred to Monash Molecular Laboratory

Contact Monash Pathology 9594 4532 or if no answer try Bacteriology 9594 4565 as there is someone rostered 24/7