Viral Cult, Rapid, Respiratory
Culture, Viral, General
General Viral Culture
Routine Viral Culture
Viral Respiratory Culture
Aid in the diagnosis of viral respiratory disease
Give date of onset of illness, date of collection, and brief clinical description or the provisional diagnosis.
Nasopharyngeal (NP) aspirate or wash, NP swab
1 mL fluid or one swab in transport
Viral, Chlamydia, or Mycoplasma culture transport, or other appropriate transport medium; sterile screw-cap tube or container for nasal washings or bronchoalveolar lavage
Specimen should be collected during acute phase of disease.
Throat swab: Carefully rub the posterior wall of the nasopharynx with a dry, sterile swab. Avoid touching the tongue or buccal mucosa. Place swab in viral transport tube.
Specimen must be kept cold and moist.
Bacterial swab specimen; specimen received in grossly leaking transport container; dry specimen; specimen submitted in fixative or additives; specimen received in expired transport media or incorrect transport device; inappropriate specimen transport conditions; specimen received after prolonged delay in transport (usually more than 72 hours); specimen stored or transported at room temperature; wooden shaft swab in transport device; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label