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EPIC CODE: LAB495 Respiratory Syncytial Virus Antigen

Important Note


Due to unforeseen supply chain issues, the current RSV antigen testing kits is now unavailable.  UPH Methodist Laboratory has identified a temporary replacement for use beginning 12/15/22. Please refer to test:  Influenza AB/RSV by PCR  Epic order: LAB5116  Sunquest order: RSVFLU


Sunquest: RSV


  • UnityPoint Methodist Hospital - as of 12/15 using 
  • UnityPoint Health Pekin
  • UnityPoint Health Proctor


Eswab, nasophangeal swabs or nasal wash placed in sterile specimen container.
less than 5 years of age an Eswab, nasopharyngeal swab or nasal was placed in sterile specimen container.


Patients > than  5 years of age collect a nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport media and order a respiratory viral panel (RESPAT)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Eswabs and Swabs collected using the nasopharyngeal swab with transport media should be transported to laboratory within 1 hour of collection. Nasal washings can be held at 2-8° C for 24 hours prior to testing.

Stability (from collection to initiation)

Ambient (room temperature): 30 minutes; 1 hour if collected on swab(s); Refrigerated: Nasal washings 24 hours


Nasopharyngeal eSwab – nasal wash – Ambient 4 hours, Refrigerated (2-8° C) Stability:24 hours

Unacceptable Conditions

Calcium Alginate swabs are not recommended for collection.


Acceptable transport media include; Amies Media, Hanks Balanced Salt Solution, M4 Media, Stuart’s Media, M4-RT Media, M5 Media, and Saline. M6 media, Universal Transport media, Binax Elvtion Solution

Days Performed

Microbiology – (Monday- Sunday)


Immunochromatographic Membrane Assay

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