Qualitative molecular respiratory standard panel using a multiplex tandem polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the investigation of patients with suspected respiratory infection. This assay will detect Influenza A (including H1 typing, and H3 typing), Influenza B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Parainfluenza typing, Enterovirus/Rhinovirus, human Metapneumovirus, Adenovirus, Bordetella species and B. pertussis, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. If samples reach the laboratory by 2:00pm Mon to Fri a result should be available the following morning. If samples reach the laboratory by 12:00pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, a result should be available the same day. During the winter season the frequency of testing is increased to reflect demand. The out of season turnaround time is 2 working days. Note: If using electronic patient record (EPR) please order "Respiratory Panel - STANDARD".
Respiratory tract infections can be caused by a wide range of pathogens which are rarely clinically distinguishable. Correct and early identification has important treatment and infection control implications. Further comprehensive information is available in specific GSTT Infection control guidelines via the GTi website or by contacting the virology SpR on x83140 or Duty Consultant via the switchboard.
Synonyms or keywords:
Influenza, flu', bronchiolitis, coryza, Mycoplasma, Pertussis, whooping cough, infection control
Qualitative Test - Detected/Not Detected