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Lab Test Dictionary

Influenza A/B, RSV, and SARS-CoV2 Rapid




Flu A; Flu B; RSV; SARS; COVID-19; COVID; Coronavirus

Specimen Type

NP Swab

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

As Received

Standard TAT

2 Hours from receipt in lab

Collection Information

Specimen Required

Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab in Viral Transport Media (VTM)

Container Type

Viral Transport Media (VTM)

Collection Instructions

Insert swab into posterior nasopharynx and rotate; repeat with other nostril. Place swab into separate Viral Transport Media (VTM). Must collect NP swab only.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Room Temp-OK/Refrigerated-OK/Frozen-OK

Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 4 Hours; Refrigerated: 72 Hours; Frozen: >72 Hours

Rejection Criteria

Leaked specimen; Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen; Swab other than NP source

Test Volume Required

Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab in Viral Transport Media (VTM)

Minimum Test Volume

Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab in Viral Transport Media (VTM)

Processing Instructions

Receive specimen in lab and deliver promptly to Micro bench staff. DO NOT place in Micro bucket.

CPT Codes

87631, 87635