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Culture- Viral, Respiratory

Components

Name Method Department Units
Virus Culture, Respiratory Multiple methods
CMI, Virology

Specimen Requirements

Nasal wash, Nasal aspirate, Tracheal aspirate, BAL

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Sterile container

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 1 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Alternate

M4 collection kit

N/A
Stability

Refrigerated - 2 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate

Nasopharyngeal swab

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

M4 collection kit

N/A
Stability

Refrigerated - 2 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Swabs transported without the use of M4 transport medium
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Rapid shell vial cell culture and immunofluorescence staining available in 2 days; backup culture held 2 weeks.

CPT Code

  • 87254
  • 87252
  • 87253
  • 87150
  • additional cpt codes may apply as appropriate