Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Antigen

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:

RSV AG

POE DESCRIPTION: RSV ANTIGEN DETECTION
CPT CODE: 87420; 87252
CDM NUMBER:

 

TEST INFORMATION:

The test includes a direct screening test for RSV antigen.

DAYS PERFORMED:

Daily; RSV Ag performed during respiratory viral season

TURNAROUND TIME:

1 day

CONTAINER TYPE: Viral transport medium
COLLECTION:

Introduce 3-7 cc sterile saline into the patient''''s posterior nasal cavity and immediately aspirate the fluid via vacuum suction and Leuken''''s trap. Specimens must then be placed into the viral transport medium (available from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory).

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Nasopharyngeal washes and secretions
REJECTION CRITERIA: Inappropriate specimen container, specimen NOT submitted in viral transport medium, specimen NOT refrigerated during transport, excessive delay in transport.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate. Keep specimen cold and moist. Do NOT freeze specimen.
REFERENCE RANGE:

No RSV antigen detected

LIMITATIONS OF TEST: Respiratory syncytial virus is extremely labile.
METHODOLOGY:

Direct antigen detection: chromatographic immunoassay

LAST UPDATED:

6-3-2014

TEST SYNONYM(S):Rapid RSV Ag; Respiratory Synctial Virus Antigen