Hepatitis C Quant RNA by PCR
Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology
Gold top SST (serum separator tube, no anticoagulant)
4.0 mL (minimum 2.0 mL)
Cause for rejection:
Red Top Tube is NOT acceptable.
Sent to reference lab
Real-Time PCR + TaqMan probe hybridization (Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HCV Test)
Centrifuge within 6 hrs of collection, immediately refrigerate specimen.
If not immediately sent to the laboratory, freeze specimen within 48 hours of draw
Days Performed: Mon through Sat
If collected at an offsite location, send by a STAT Courier to Hospital lab
Reference range: Undetected