Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Respiratory Virus Panel (RPCR)

Test Name: Respiratory Virus Panel (RPCR)
Alternate Name(s): Influenza Virus
Flu Screen

Laboratory: Virology Laboratory
Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal Aspirate
Nasopharyngeal Swab
Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL)
Collection Information: Nasopharyngeal swab-
Insert flexible, fine-shafted swab into nasopharynx, rotate in circular manner to collect cellular material. Place swab in viral transport media.

Nasopharyngeal Aspirate-
Using mucous collection device, insert appropriately sized catheter nasally into posterior nasopharynx. Apply suction, using intermittent suction as catheter is withdrawn. If necessary use small amount of viral transport media to wash sample out of tubing. Transfer aspirated sample to a sterile container.

Bronchoalveolar Lavage-
Collect a minimum volume of 1 mL of BAL. Transfer sample to a sterile container.
Test Schedule: **Starting Dec. 6th 2021 and until the end of respiratory viral season** All RPCR orders will be processed for SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A/B, RSV, Parainfluenza virus 1-4, Metapneumovirus, Adenovirus and Entero/Rhinovirus.

Spring/Summer: Three times per week
Fall/Winter: Daily

Fall/winter algorithm:

From November 1 to April 20, testing eligibility includes:

Hospital patient settings
Outbreak investigations at the direction of the Public Health Unit
COVID-19 Assessment Centre and other community-based encounters will continue to be eligible for COVID-19 testing only.
Any additional COVID-19 request on the same specimen will be canceled, including GXRVP and COVID or COVIDSCR.

Spring/summer algorithm:
From May 1 October 31, samples will be processed only for patients admitted to Critical Care Units. Testing on any other patients will required consultation with the Microbiologist on call.
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 days
24 hours
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date: 2010-08-01
Revised Date: 2021-11-30
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Special Processing:  
Method of Analysis: PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Specimen must be received within 24 hours and should be stored at 4C as soon as possible following collection. If the transport time exceeds 24 hours, the specimen will only be tested if appropriate.
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