Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) by PCR to HCMC, Throat - Safe Child Only


Sunquest Code:CTNGTH  
Epic Code:LAB8120Epic Name:CT/NG Throat COC for Safe Child
Synonyms:Gonococcus
Methodology:Transcription mediated amplification technology
Turnaround Time:Performed Sun-Fri; results are reported within 2-3 days.
Associated Links:

Hennepin Healthcare Lab Chain of Custody Form



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Throat swab contained in the APTIMA Collection Kit.
Optimal Volume:One swab (blue shaft).
Container:Aptima Orange tube (Aptima Purple tube)
Collection Instructions:
  1. Swab site using APTIMA Collection Unisex Swab (blue shaft). Note: The white swab in the collection kit is a cleaning swab and should NOT be used for collection. Discard the white cleaning swab.
  2. Place swab in transport tube provided in collection kit. Snap off swab at score line so swab fits into closed tube.
  3. Cap securely and label with appropriate patient information.
Causes for Rejection:Transport tubes containing a large, white cleaning swab. Transport tubes without a swab, with more than 1 swab, or with a swab not included in the kit.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:After collection, transport and store swab in the swab transport tube at 2°C to 30°C. Specimens should be sent in individual bags to limit the possibility of cross-contamination.
Shipping Instructions:Store or transport swab in the swab transport tube at 2°C to 30°C. Specimens should be sent in individual bags to limit the possibility of cross-contamination. Collecting Lab to send STAT directly to HCMC via courier. Chain of Custody Form should be signed at all touch points.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (Hennepin County Medical Center)
Referral Lab number:LAB0001344


Interpretive

Reference Range:Negative for Chlamydia trachomatis by PCR.
Negative for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by PCR.


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