INFLUENZA VIRAL CULTURE (IVC)
: IVC, flu culture, Influenza culture
: Influenza culture
: Centrifuge-enhanced (shell vial) culture
: No virus isolated
: 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 - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
: 24 - 48 hours
: Send to the lab immediately on ice. Put in universal transport medium. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs. Additional tests/charges may be added as appropriate.
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