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Test Code RESP21 Respiratory Panel with SARS-CoV-2 PCR LAB3189

Test Method

Nested Multiplex PCR (nmPCR) and High Resolution Melting
Analysis; FilmArray


Test performed Monday through Sunday.

Typically completed within 24 hours after the specimen arrives
at the testing site.


Useful For

Evaluating patients suspected of having a respiratory viral or
bacterial infection.

Specimen Requirement

Nasopharyngeal specimen is required using the flexible
mini-tipped swab and Universal Transport Media (UTM) tube
(Diagnostics Hybrids #403CP).


CPT Code Information


Reference Values

Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Not detected

Adenovirus: Not detected

Coronavirus HKU1: Not detected

Coronavirus NL63: Not detected

Coronavirus 229E: Not detected

Coronavirus OC43: Not detected

Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus: Not detected

Human Metapneumovirus: Not detected

Influenza A/H1: Not detected

Influenza A/H1-2009: Not detected

Influenza A/H3: Not detected

Influenza B: Not detected

Parainfluenza 1: Not detected

Parainfluenza 2: Not detected

Parainfluenza 3: Not detected

Parainfluenza 4: Not detected

Bordetella pertussis: Not detected

Bordetella parapertussis: Not detected

Chlamydophila pneumoniae: Not detected

Mycoplasma pneumoniae: Not detected

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2):
Not Detected

LOINC Code Information

94565-9 (SARS-CoV-2-specific)


Additional Specimen Collection Information

Flexible flocked nasopharyngeal swab in universal transport
media. The flocked swab and UTM kit is available from the
laboratory by 563-589-2431. The specimen must be transported
to the lab at refrigerated temperature using cold packs, wet ice or
other refrigerant coolants.

Collect the nasopharyngeal swab:

  1. Open the sterile, flexible mini-tipped swab package and remove
    the swab.
  2. Tilt the patient’s head back (head should be inclined
    from vertical).
  3. Gently insert the sterile swab along the nasal septum just
    above the floor of the passage to the nasopharynx until resistance
    is met.
  4. Rotate the swab gently against the nasopharyngeal mucosa for
    10-15 seconds and then gently remove the swab.
  5. Insert the swab into the UTM tube pushing it all the way to the
    bottom of the tube.
  6. Holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube and point
    the tube away, break the swab shaft along the pre-scored breakpoint
  7. Label the specimen appropriately with two identifiers, patient
    name and another identifier, (patient ID number, DOB, etc.) include
    specimen source, date and time of collection.
  8. Transport the specimen to the laboratory immediately after
    collection. When transporting specimens, use cold pack, wet ice or
    other refrigerant coolants. If specimen testing will be delayed the
    specimen in UTM may be held at room temperatue (18-30 C) for up to
    4 hours, at refrigerator temperature (2-8 C) for up to 3 days, or
    at freezer temperature (<-15 C) for up to 30 days.