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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
Swab in M4RT,Respiratory specimen in Sterile container
Influenza PCR
Alternative name(s) FLU ; SWINE ; H1N1

Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 / 7 (Sun-Sat)    
When reported
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Important notes: A. Flu PCR is only performed on patients admitted with flu-like symptoms.B. Call Microbiology to request a kit for submitting specimens.1. Upper Respiratory: a. NP swab, nasal swab, nasal aspirate, nasal wash and dual nasopharyngeal/throat swab.b. Swab must be immediately inoculated into a red-capped tube with pink liquid (M4RT Transport).c. OK to swab right and left nasal and place in one tube.2. Lower Respiratory:a. BAL, bronchial wash, tracheal aspirate, sputum and lung tissue.b. Submit in sterile jar.3. Complete Lab Request Form included in kit and tube to lab (Stations 140 and 141) immediately.
Rejection criteria: Incomplete lab form (in transport kit);Swab NOT in M4RT
Transportation notes: Within 1 hr, RT
Specimen preparation: Swab in M4RT; Respiratory specimen in sterile container

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Last revised 09/11/2013