COMPREHENSIVE VIRAL CULTURE / FLU A&B ANTIGEN DETECTION (VSF)
: Viral culture screen, hemadsorption, flu A & B immunochromatography
: 87252, 87253, 87254, 87400
: Tissue culture, immunochromatography, hemadsorption
: Culture - no virus isolated, Flu antigens - negative
: Wash, aspirate, lavage in sterile leakproof container; flocked swab preferred but dacron/rayon swab accepted in universal transport medium,3ml or 1-2 ml saline
: Material from respiratory source only; Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab/aspirate/wash or nasal wash preferred
: Store refrigerated (2-8° C), do not freeze, transport on wet ice
: Labile specimen. Keep refrigerated.
Reasons for Rejection
: Collected more than 1 day prior to receipt in lab, non-respiratory source, calcium alginate or wooden-shaft swab, dry swab
: Monday - Saturday. Flu antigen performed 24/7
: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
: Culture: 1-10 days, antigen: 0.5 - 1 hour
: Send to lab immediately on ice. Add viral transport medium to respiratory trap. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs. Indicate Flu A or B antigen detection or both. Additional tests/charges may be added as appropriate.Respiratory DFA available upon consultation with virology laboratory.
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