Naso-phayngeal aspirate (NPA) for RSV

Microbiology

Notes

 

  • Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is the commonest cause of severe respiratory illness such as bronchiolitis in children aged under 3 years
  • Tests are run throughout the day from Monday to Friday up until 16.00
  • At weekends test runs are set up at 10.00

Sample requirements

Naso-pharyngeal aspirate 

 

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details

Storage/transport

Refrigerate immediately after collection

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Within 24 hours


 

Page last reviewed: 03/12/2013