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Lab Test Dictionary

Influenza A/B & RSV Rapid w/reflex to Resp Pathogen Panel (PCR)


LIAT with reflex to ePlex


Flu A, Flu B, RSV

Specimen Type

N/P Swab

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

within 24 hours of receipt

Stat TAT

1 hour for RSV/Influenza. 3 hours if reflex panel

Collection Information

Specimen Required

Nasopharyngeal swab in Viral or Universal Transport Media (VTM or UTM)

Container Type

Viral Media

Collection Instructions

Insert swab into posterior nasopharynx and rotate; repeat with other nostril. Place swab into separate Viral Transport Media. Transport to laboratory ASAP.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 1 month

Rejection Criteria

Sources other than NP swabs, or swabs not immediately placed in viral media. Leaking specimens.

Test Volume Required

NP swab in Viral Transport media

Minimum Test Volume


Processing Instructions

Receive specimen in Main Lab, deliver to specimen to microbiology. If STAT, alert CLS of Rapid Influenza/RSV reflex RP panel.

Included Tests

Included TestsAdenovirus, Coronavirus, Human Metapneumovirus, Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Flu A, Flu A H1, Flu A H1-2009, Flu A H3, Flu B, Paraflu 1-4, RSV A and B, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae