Nasal aspirate in a leukens trap or sterile leak-proof screw-cap leak proof container
1 - 5mLs
Send To Lab Immediately or if transport is delayed, freeze and send on ice.Must be received by 7am for same-day result.Do not send in Viral Transport Media.
Specimen must be frozen and sent on ice.
Specimen not frozen or sent on ice.
Weekdays (excluding holidays)
same day - generally by 1pm if received by 7am
PCR is the methodology of choice for diagnosis;It is critical to adhere to transport instructions as enzymes in the specimen will degrade nucleic acid over time and promote false negative results. PCR detects nucleic acid, not viable organisms, so it should not be used as a test of cure. Duplicate specimens are not necessary