Respiratory Panel - Standard

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".
Clinical details: 
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.
Reference range: 

Not Applicable

Synonyms or keywords: 
Influenza, flu', bronchiolitis, coryza, Mycoplasma, Pertussis, whooping cough, infection control
Qualitative Test - Detected/Not Detected
Sample type and Volume required: 
Nose & Throat Swabs (NTS), and Post Mortem Lung Swabs using a standard viral swab in Universal Transport Medium (UTM). Nasopharyngeal Aspirate (NPA), Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL), Endotracheal Tract (ETT) Secretions, and Induced Sputum (IS) use a self sealed valved container with no additives. Expectorated sputum is not suitable. Note: If using electronic patient record (EPR) please order "Respiratory Panel - STANDARD". If specifically wanting to test for Pertussis also send a pernasal swab for culture.
Turnaround time: 
2 working days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be sent to CSR promptly as the sensitivity of assays that detect RNA/DNA depend on sample quality/integrity. Please store samples in a refrigerator if there is a delay in sending samples to CSR. Do NOT send samples via the air chute system.
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: 25/11/2017