Streptococcus Group A Rapid with Reflex to PCR

Sunquest Code:STRAP  
Epic Code:LAB8169Epic Name:Streptococcus Group A Rapid SCR W Reflx to PCR
Synonyms:Streptococcus Antigen; Group A Strep; SSCRN; Rapid Strep Screen
Test Includes:Rapid antigen screen and if negative, Group A Strep PCR.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; turnaround time is 30-45 minutes.
Special Instructions:Provide telephone number of requesting physician/location for result notification.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat Swab
Container:CoPan ESwab with larger swab (Clinic Only Collection Containers, CoPan ESwab with smaller swab, See Collection Instructions)
Collection Instructions:
Depress tongue and rub swab vigorously over each tonsillar area and posterior pharynx. Any exudate should be touched, and care should be taken to avoid tongue and uvula.

Collect using flocked swab provided in the ESwab kit. Insert swab to the bottom of the tube and break the applicator shaft at the pink breakpoint indication line. Screw the cap on tightly and transport to the laboratory.

Clinics Only (except CSC, Oxboro and Maple Grove): Collect one puritan sterile rayon tipped swab and one ESwab. If the rapid strep is negative, the ESwab will be sent to the Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab for confirmatory testing.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not store.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Oxboro Bloom, BurnsRidges, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Northland - FNMC, Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, Fairview Clinics, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center, Grand Itasca GICH)


Reference Range:Negative

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