RSV Antigen Detection
1 FLOCKED NPH swab or Nasal Washings
Culturette or Specimen Container
1 Flocked NPH swab. Send swab in culturette. Alternate Specimen: 1.5 mL wash in sterile container.
Cause for rejection:
Specimen dry, non-sterile container or incorrrect swab (do not use NPH wire swab), QNS.
NPH swab in culturette or Nasal wash used for Rapid RSV 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 RSV test. A negative result does not rule out viral infection. Positive results will be called.
Reference range: Repiratory Syncytial Virus ( RSV ) Ag: Negative
Rapid RSV Ag