Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
B. Pertussis DNA; B.parapertussis DNA
RCHSD-Discontinued as of 8/1/22
Nasopharyngeal swab (Puritan-Sterile Polyester Tipped Applicator) in a sterile container with 0.5 mL sterile saline (lab supplied blue-top pertussis vial)
Collection vials and swabs are located in the lab. Insert N/P swab through one nostril into the posterior nasopharynx and rotate the swab, keeping it near the septum and floor of the nose. Repeat using the same swab for the other nostril. Place the entire swab into the collection tube, immersing the tip into the fluid and cap the tube.
Room Temp: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 1 Week; Frozen: 1 Month
Specimens with signs of leakage; Calcium alginate and wood swabs; Specimen submitted in viral transport media
Place specimen in -70 freezer in the PCR bin upon receipt if testing is not immediately performed.
For supplies needed for outside locations, contact Supply Chain Management (Carts) x225813 to place an order.