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Respiratory Shell Vial Culture
Alternate Test Name: Respiratory Virus Culture
ACM Test Number: 10263
Dept: Microbiology
Collection Container:
VCT(Viral/Chlamydia Transport), or UTM(Universal Transport)
Collection Notes: Collect a nasopharyngeal swab, nasal swab, nasal aspirate, or throat swab, in M4RT viral transport media. Lower respiratory specimens should be submitted in a sterile container.
Transport Temperature: Room Temperature
Specimen Volume: Preferred Volume: Universal Transport or Viral Transport; Minimum Volume: 3 ml
Also Acceptable: Universal transport or M5 viral transport media.
Performed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Reported: 48 -72 Hours
Methodology: Shell Vial Culture
CPT: 87254 * 7
LOINC: 50024-9
Stability: Room Temperature: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Indefinite
Reference Range:
Influenza A:      Not detected
Influenza B:      Not detected
RSV:              Not detected
Adenovirus:       Not detected
Parainfluenza 1:  Not detected
Parainfluenza 2:  Not detected
Parainfluenza 3:  Not detected
Notes: This culture method detects: Influenza A, influenza B, RSV, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza Virus Types 1, 2 and 3. If other viruses are suspected, please note these on the requisition.