Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Mycoplasm PCR - Respiratory

Test Name: Mycoplasm PCR - Respiratory
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Respiratory samples (including bronchial washes, tracheal aspirates, nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum)
Collection Information: Bronchial wash -
Submit a minimum volume of 5 mL in a sterile container. Add equal volume of Virus/Chlamydia/Mycoplasma (VCM) transport media.

Tracheal aspirate -
Collect in a sterile container and add equal volume of Virus/Chlamydia/Mycoplasma (VCM) transport media.

Sputum -
Have the patient rinse mouth and gargle with water. Instruct the patient not to expectorate saliva or post nasal discharge. Collect an early morning specimen from deep, productive cough in a sterile container. Add equal volume of Virus/Chlamydia/Mycoplasma (VCM) transport media.

Respiratory Swabs -
Place swabs in Virus/Chlamydia/Mycoplasma transport media before sending to the lab.

Requisition: PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY TEST REQUISITION
Test Schedule: Referred out weekdays to Public Health Laboratory
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
5 days
Stat
 
 
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2006-07-01
Revised Date: 2018-06-15
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Comments: Faulty collection and delay in transport of specimens are the primary causes of test failure.
Method of Analysis: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: The specimen must be refrigerated.
The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection in the Microbiology Laboratory.
System Codes: 
Cerner
MYPC
 
Referred To: Public Health Laboratory

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