Rapid Strep Screen, Throat Swab

Sunquest Code:SSCRN  
Epic Code:LAB885Epic Name:Rapid Strep Screen
Synonyms:Streptococcus Antigen; Group A Strep; SSCRN
CPT Code:87880
Test Includes:Rapid antigen screen and if negative, Beta Streptococcus culture.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; turnaround time is 30-45 minutes.
Special Instructions:Provide telephone number of requesting physician/location for result notification. FRMC: Two swabs must be received.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat Swab
Container:Eswab Copan (Culturette in liquid Stuart medium)
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.

UMMC, FRH, FSH, FNH, FLH: Use CoPan ESwab. 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.

FRMC, GICH: Use culturette in liquid Stuart medium. Collect two throat swabs. Place each swab in culture container. Crush ampule of culture container to ensure proper preservation of the specimen. Deliver to microbiology laboratory immediately after collection.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not store.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology  (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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