Real-Time PCR (RT-PCR)
Plasma or CSF
RCHSD MDL (PCR)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (10 AM Cutoff)
Within 72 hours of receipt
1 mL Blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube or 0.3-0.5 mL CSF collected in a sterile container
Do not collected in EDTA microtainer.
Room Temp: 24 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: 30 Days
Microtainer; Heparinized or ACD plasma
0.5 mL Plasma or CSF
0.3 mL Plasma or CSF
Separate plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection and transfer plasma/CSF to a screw-cap tube. DO NOT USE SNAP-CAP TUBES. Place plasma/CSF in a small clear bag and place in -80 freezer MDL (PCR) bin ASAP.