Pathology Handbook

Respiratory syncytial virus

Clinical Indications

None

Test Includes

Detection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus antigen by rapid immunochromatographic assay

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

On request up to 21:00.
After 17:30, the on-call Microbiologist MUST be contacted via the hospital switchboard to request that this test be performed

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

Rapid antigen detection test: up to 3 hours

Specimen

Naso-pharyngeal aspirate

Container

White Capped Universal

Urine bottle white top

Collection

Sample should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Sample should be processed as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory
Leaking sample