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Test Code RapidFluRSV PCR Rapid Resp SHORT Flu/RSV PCR Panel Qual

Important Note

This test is not searchable in the order catalog. Rapid Resp SHORT Flu/RSV PCR Panel Qual

This orderable is only available via appropriate power plan: Respiratory Virus Plan


This test only detects Influenza A, Influenza B and RSV.

Biohazard Infectious

Additional Codes


Clinical System Name

Rapid Resp SHORT Flu/RSV PCR Panel Qual



Flu A

Flu B



Influenza A

Influenza B

Respiratory Synctial Virus

Respiratory Viruses

Rapid Respiratory Flu RSV PCR Qual


Rapid multiplex PCR for detection of Flu A, Flu B and Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV).


This test provides rapid results to identify patients infected with Influenza A, Influenza B, or RSV.


See RapidViruPCR if testing for additional viruses.

See RapidBactPCR if testing for atypical bacteria.

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swab, Midturbinate (MT) Swab

Container: Universal Transport Media for NP/MT Swab

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A


Collection: Please consult the Photo Swab Guide to determine which swab to collect. 

Note: Dry Swabs, Nasal Wash, Tracheal Aspirate, and Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) in UTM are NOT FDA-cleared specimen types for Cepheid Flu/RSV PCR assay. Order "Rapid Respiratory Virus PCR" qualitative test for these samples.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Specimen Type

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: RT

Storage location: N/A


SCH: Samples should be given to Core Lab.


Regional Clinics: Samples should be given to Regional Clinic Lab.


Non-Children's Hospital Off-site collection: Refrigerate at 4°C for transport. 


Specimen Type Temperature Time
NP/MT Swab in UTM Room Temperature 4 hours
NP/MT Swab in UTM Refrigerated 3 days
NP/MT Swab in UTM Frozen 30 days

Availability at SCH

STAT Performed TAT
N 24/7

1 hour

Availability at Regional Clinics

STAT Performed TAT
N During Clinic Hours*

2 Hours


*Regional Clinics: Samples received after 10pm weekdays and 8pm weekends/holidays will be sent to SCH Core Lab for testing.

Performing Laboratories

Seattle Children's Hospital Laboratory

Regional Clinic Laboratories


SCH Core Lab

Regional Labs


Cepheid GeneXpert Real-Time PCR



Recent patient exposure to FluMist or other live attenuated influenza vaccines may cause inaccurate positive results.


This test is not intended to differentiate Influenza A subtypes or Influenza B lineages. If differentiation of specific influenza subtypes and strains is needed, additional testing, in consultation with state or local public health departments, is required.


Assay does not include Flu A subtype identification.

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