Bordetella pertussis PCR

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:

BPERT PCR

POE DESCRIPTION: MICROBIOLOGY REFERRAL
CPT CODE:

87798 - No Fee

TEST INFORMATION:

Test includes PCR and detection of Bordetella Pertusis DNA.

DAYS PERFORMED: Monday-Friday, 0700-1400
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Requisition must specify Bordetella pertussis and/or B. parapertussis.  The specific anatomic site of the specimen MUST be specified on the order or requisition.
CONTAINER TYPE:

Sealed sterile container

COLLECTION:

Shape the flexible swab into the contour of the nares and into the nasopharynx. Pass the swab gently through the nose. Leave the swab in place near the septum and floor of nose for 15-30 seconds. Rotate and remove. Insert the swab into sterile container. Nasopharyngeal washings or aspirate acceptable. Submit to the Clinical Microbiology laboratory IMMEDIATELY.

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Calgiswab® nasopharyngeal (NP) swab; nasopharyngeal washings (sealed sterile container).
REJECTION CRITERIA:

Swab specimen submitted in viral transport medium; insufficient quantity.

MINIMUM VOLUME: One NP swab; 1 mL washings/aspirate
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: When transportation MUST be delayed, leave at room temperature.
REFERENCE RANGE:

No B. pertussis DNA detected

LIMITATIONS OF TEST:

PCR test does not differentiate live organisms from dead.

METHODOLOGY:

PCR

REFERRAL LABORATORY:

Commercial

LAST UPDATED:

6-2-2014

TEST SYNONYM(S):Whooping cough; Bordetella parapertussis PCR