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Epic Code LAB1230746 COVID-19, Influenza A/B, RSV PCR

Important Note

When testing for both COVID and Influenza is clinically indicated, this panel may be ordered instead of individual assays for each target. 

Test Name Alias

SARS-CoV2 | Coronavirus | Flu | Respiratory Syncytial Virus | Influenza A | Influenza B | Resp 4-plex | 4-plex panel | COVID Flu |

Interface Order Alias

1230746

Icons & Photos

Viral Transport Media (UTM) Kit with Flocked Swab for Nares collection [ITM-1186125]

Viral Transport Media (UTM) Kit with Mini-Tip Swab for NP collection [ITM-1140078]

 

 

Collection Instructions

Specimen Type: Nares (Nostril)
Container/Tube: UTM Universal Transport Media (UTM) Kit with Flocked Swab [ITM1186125]

 

Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal (NP)
Container/Tube: UTM Universal Transport Media (UTM) Kit with Mini-Swab [ITM1140078]

 

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS 

 

NASOPHARYNGEAL SWAB COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

  • If possible, obtain specimen during the acute phase of the illness during the greatest amount of viral shedding. 
  • When performing a nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 testing or screening, you must wear the appropriate PPE for Severe Respiratory Precautions: face shield or goggles, mask, gown and gloves.

(Link) Nasopharyngeal Collection

  • Tilt the head of the patient, gently insert the swab through one of the nostrils and into the nasal passage.
  • Rotate the swab tip several times across the mucosal surface.
  • Remove the swab and insert into the viral transport medium (UTM) tube immediately.
  • Push the swab into the tube and break the plastic shaft swab at the break line.
  • Replace cap and screw on tightly. Ensure cap is secured! Leaky specimens may erase patient/specimen information on label!
  • Label specimen with at least 2 patient identifiers (usually name and date of birth)
  • Send to lab immediately 
    • If off-site keep specimen refrigerated

 

NASAL SWAB SELF COLLECTION OR OBSERVATION INSTRUCTIONS

(Link) Nasal swab self-collection or observation

 

Rejection Criteria

  • Not Acceptable Collection Supplies:
    • Cotton swabs
    • Calcium alginate swabs
    • Wood shaft swabs
    • BBL CultureSwabTM

Specimen Stability

Keep specimen refrigerated after collection.

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated 4°C

Note: Ambient temperature transport is acceptable when immediately transported to lab from BW or HDVCH ED or inpatient locations.

Preferred

Refrigerated: 7 day stability

Acceptable

Ambient: 48 hour stability.

Test Frequency

Available daily, turn-around time 1-3 days 

Reference Range

Negative

Performing Department

MICROBIOLOGY

Performing Department Laboratory Location

Corewell Health Reference Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Big Rapids Laboratory, Big Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Blodgett Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Gerber Laboratory, Fremont, MI
Corewell Health Ludington Laboratory, Ludington, MI
Corewell Health Pennock Laboratory, Hastings, MI
Corewell Health Reed City Laboratory, Reed City, MI
Corewell Health Greenville Laboratory, Greenville, MI
Corewell Health Zeeland Laboratory, Zeeland, MI

Methodology

RT-PCR

CPT

0241U

Epic Test ID

1230102316

LOINC

COVID-19 PCR CT: N/A
COVID19 PCR: 94306-8
COVID-19 RESULT COMMENT: N/A
INFLUENZA A PCR: 34487-9
INFLUENZA B PCR: 40982-1
RSV PCR: N/A

Mayo Access Code

Unavailable for ordering

Reviewed Date

11/4/2022