|Mnemonic: ||[Influenza A,B NAT]|
|Name: ||Influenza A,B by Nucleic Acid Test (NAT)|
|Specimen: || Nasopharyngeal swab specimens should be placed into Universal Transport Medium INFLUENZA (3 mL UTM Flu tubes). |
Nasal washings in UTM Flu transport medium are also acceptable.
Samples should be transported at 2-8 °C. Samples may be stored for up to 72 hours at 2-8 °C before processing.
|Transport Temp: ||Refrigerated|
|Spec Stability: ||Stable 72 hours refrigerated.|
|Reference Range: ||Negative|
| Method: ||Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)|
|Note: ||The Cepheid Xpert® Flu assay, is an automated, multiplex real-time RTPCR assay intended for the in vitro qualitative detection and differentiation of influenza A, influenza B, and 2009 H1N1influenza viral RNA.|
|Processing Info: ||UTM Flu collection kits are required for this test. Other collection kits are not acceptable.|
Influenza A, B NAT Sample Collection Instructions