Respiratory Viral Panel PCR
within 24 hours of receipt
within 2 hours of receipt
Nasopharyngeal swab in Viral or Universal Transport Media (VTM or UTM)
Insert swab into posterior nasopharynx and rotate; repeat with other nostril. Place swab in viral transport media (VTM red cap) or Universal Transport Media (UTM green cap)), and transport to lab ASAP.
Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 1 month
Shared specimen previously used for other tests. Sources other than NP swabs, or swabs not immediately placed in viral media. Leaking specimens.
NP swab in viral transport media
Receive specimen in main lab, deliver to specimen to microbiology, and alert personnel of RP panel.
Adenovirus, 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