Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology
Throat/NPH swabs, nasal washings, sputum in M4M
1.5 mL aspirate or inoculated M4M
Cause for rejection:
Specimen dry, fixed or not in proper transport media
SVC - Typing by IFA for parainfluenza 1, 2, + 3
Deliver immediately on ice to lab. POP: Keep cold, deliver ASAP. Extract swab specimens thoroughly into M4M. Press swab against inside of vial, then discard swab. M4M available from Micro/Viro Lab or CCL. Nasal/tracheal washes are specimens of choice for respiratory viral isolation.
For Outpatients, test should only be drawn in outpatient locations within a Hospital (Akron or Beeghly).
Reference range: No parainfluenza virus isolated