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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
NP Swab in UTM
Influenza PCR
Alternative name(s) FLU

Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 hours / 7 days    
When reported
Sun - Sat    
LIS code:
EPIC Code:
Influenca PCR
Important notes: A. Flu PCR is only performed on patients admitted with flu-like symptoms and negative by Rapid Flu Screen. B. Call Microbiology to request a kit for submitting specimens. C. Only a naso-pharyngeal (NP) swab is acceptable for testing. D. Swab must be immediately inoculated into red-capped tube with pink liquid Universal Transport Media (UTM). E. Tube to lab immediately

Rejection criteria: Any source other than naso-pharyneal swab. Swab NOT transported in UTM
Transportation notes: Within 1 hour, Room Temperature
Transportation devices:
Specimen preparation: NP Swab in UTM

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Last revised 5/12/2015