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Lab Test Dictionary

Respiratory Pathogen Panel (PCR)




Respiratory Viral Panel PCR

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

within 2 hours of receipt

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 in viral transport media (VTM red cap) or Universal Transport Media (UTM green cap)), and transport to lab ASAP.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 1 month

Rejection Criteria

Shared specimen previously used for other tests. 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, and alert personnel of RP panel.

Included Tests

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