Patients presenting with symptoms for Respiratory syncytial viral infection
Please have patient blow their nose prior to NP and nasal collections. Excessive mucus is known inhibitor/interfering substance for molecular testing.
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab collection:
Use the mini-tip NP swab included in the Influenza PCR collection kit.
New England Journal of Medicine video on NP swab collection: Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection Video
Universal viral transport media (UTM)
Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS)
COVID-19/Coronavirus sample collection kit containing viral transport media (VTM), universal transport media (UTM), or phosphate buffered saline (PBS).
Refrigerated (2-8°C) – 48 hours
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
Excessive mucus is a known inhibitor/interfering substance for molecular tests. Review specimen tab for patient preparation.