Influenza A/B Ag

Laboratory:Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation: FLUAG MMIC2

Specimen Type: 1 FLOCKED NPH swab or Nasal Washings

Tube Type: Culturette or Specimen container

Collection Volume: 1 NPH Swab. Send swab in culturette. We recommend a second NPH swab in M4 viral transport medium in case follow-up testing may be required. Alternate specimen: Nasal wash: 1.5 mL wash in sterile container

Cause for rejection: Specimen dry, non- sterile container or incorrect swab (do not use NPH wire swab), QNS.

Storage: Refrigerated

Availability: Daily 24/7

Methodology: Immunofluorometric assay

Special Instructions: NPH swab in culturette or Nasal wash used for Rapid Influenza test. Testing no longer automatically reflexes to Respiratory Virus Isolation (RVI). A second NPH flocked swab, broken off in M4 must be submitted along with a separate order for RVI requests. RVI's are not performed on specimens that are positive by the Rapid Influenza Ag Test. A negative result does not rule out viral infection. Positive results will be called.

Lab/Phone: 330-746-9623

TAT: 2 hours

Additional Info: Reference range : Influenza A/B Ag: Negative

CPT Code: 87804 (x2)

Synonyms: Rapid Influenza Antigen

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