|Name: ||RSV Antigen Screen (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)|
|Specimen: || Nasal washing, tracheal aspirate, or nasopharyngeal swab in phosphate buffered saline. |
See special collection instructions. Note that calcium alginate (Calginate) swabs are unacceptable. Nasal swabs are unacceptable.
Nasal washing specimens can be held at room temperature (15-30°C) if assayed within 4 hours of collection, or alternatively, the specimens can be held refrigerated (2-8°c) for up to 24 hours prior to testing.
Polyester, rayon, foam and cotton nasopharyngeal swabs, all with flexible shafts (including the mini-tip BBL CultureSwab used for Influenza A + B testing), are acceptable for use in this RSV test. Add swab specimens to 1 ml of sterile saline (0.5-3.0 ml is acceptable) within one hour of collection.
|Reference Range: ||Negative|
| Method: ||Enzyme Immunoassay|
|Processing Info: ||Saline for nasal washing is kept in the microbiology refrigerator. Testing for influenza A+B can also be performed on the saline wash or nasopharyngeal sample.|
Sample Collection Instructions