Influenza A and B and Sars-CO V2

Sunquest Code:FLUVID  
Epic Code:LAB2023Epic Name:Flu A/B & COVID PCR
Synonyms:Influenza A PCR; Influenza B PCR; RSV PCR; Respiratory Syncytial Virus PCR; Real-Time PCR; FABPCR; Covid 19
Methodology:Mutliplex Real Time RT-PCR
Test Includes:Influenza A, Influenza B, Covid 19
Turnaround Time:Test is performed 24 hours per day/7 days a week. Results are reported within 2 hours of receipt in the testing laboratory.
Associated Links:

Covid EUA Information, Alternate Covid Swabs and Transport Containers, CDC Evaluation and Reporting Persons Under Investigation, Coronavirus CDC Guidelines, Covid PCR FAQ for Clinicians, Covid-19 Workflow, HAN Guidelines, MLS Updates

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Nasal and nasopharyngeal swab in Universal Transport Medium
Container:BD Universal Transport Media (Alternate Covid Swabs and Transport Containers. See Associated Link)
Collection Instructions:Nasal or nasopharyngeal swab: Flocked swab in Universal Viral Transport Medium only.

Swabs only: If sending via PTS, the specimen must be placed into another lab specimen bag.
Causes for Rejection:Specimen types other than nasopharyngeal or nasal swabs in viral transport medium are not acceptable for testing with this methodology. Wooden swabs or calcium alginate swabs are not acceptable.
Contraindications:Recent patient exposure to FluMist or other live attenuated influenza vaccines may cause inaccurate positive results.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator. Specimen placed in transport medium can be stored up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 7 days at 2-8°C prior to testing.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:Negative
Use:Intended for the simultaneous, qualitative detection and differentiation of Influenza A, Influenza B and SARS-CoV-2 specimens collected from individuals suspected of respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19.

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