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Methodology: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Edit Date: 1/1/1900
Performed: Daily
Released: 24-48 hours after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
CPT Code: 87541-90
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Respiratory specimen: Sputum, lung wash, tracheal aspirate, NP swab, pleural fluid, BAL, or bronchial brushing in sterile container or in viral transport medium (Microtest M4 or UTM). Specimen source is required.
Handling: Freeze. Allow no more than one freeze/thaw cycle.
Stability: 4 hours ambient, 12 hours refrigerated, or 6 months frozen.
Standard Volume: 2 mL
Minimum Volume: Less than 2 mL may decrease sensitivity of assay.
Transport: Frozen on dry ice.
Rejection Criteria: Dry swab; non-sterile or leaking containers; respiratory aspirate in collection container with tubing.

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