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Neisseria meningitidis Blood by PCR, Qualitative

Components

Name Method Department Units
N meningitidis Blood PCR, Qual Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
CMI, Molecular Infectious Disease

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 3 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 6 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 6 day(s)
Frozen - Indefinite week(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to the lab immediately after collection
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate

Plasma Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 1 mL
Stability

Refrigerated - 3 day(s)
Frozen - Indefinite week(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge, remove plasma/serum and refrigerate
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature

Comments

Specimens reveived after 0900 will be done on the next day of testing.

CPT Code

  • 87798