Rapid Flu/RSV

The Rapid Flu/RSV assay is a quick and easy, next generation test that is designed to detect and differentiate Flu A, Flu B and RSV infection in order to rapidly exclude influenza as a likely diagnosis in suspected cases during outbreaks. This test is performed in Microbiology and is available routinely Mon to Sun and 24/7 ONLY during seasonal outbreaks.
Clinical details: 
During winter months Influenza and RSV can cause significant pressures on Hospital resources, bed utilisation and Infection control activities. Clinical diagnosis of these conditions is unreliable and standard diagnostics methods are lengthy. The “Rapid Flu / RSV” test is a molecular test for the detection of Influenza (no subtyping) and RSV. The assay can be used to rapidly exclude Influenza as a likely diagnosis in a suspected case. In admitted cases a “Respiratory panel standard” should also be sent, regardless of the result. The test should only be used when the Trust has identified there are significant pressures on isolation beds for admitted patients.
Reference range: 

Not applicable

Synonyms or keywords: 
Qualitative: Detected/Not Detected
Sample type and Volume required: 
A "viral" Nose & Throat swab (NTS) in Universal Transport Medium (UTM).
Turnaround time: 
3 hours from receipt in CSR
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and transport to Central Specimen Reception (CSR) immediately and notify CSR of the need for the “rapid flu / RSV” test.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 17/11/2018