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Test Code RBVP Respiratory Panel

Specimen Type

See Acceptable Specimen Types under ‘Additional Information’ below.

Offsite Collection Instructions

See UCMC collection instructions.

UCMC Collection Instructions


Specimen Source: Broncho-Alveolar Lavage (BAL)

Specimen Collection: Aspirate through inner chamber at bronchoscopy

Specimen Transport: <2 hr, no refrigeration

Specimen Source: Nasopharyngeal aspirate; 1 specimen/day

Specimen Collection: Kit consists of 0.9% NaCl flush syringe, 23g butterfly, and viral transport media.
1. Discard liquid from 0.9% NaCl syringe, leaving 1 mL in the syringe.
2. Measure length of butterfly tubing needed by holding next to nose with ends at top and bottom of nose.
3. Cut butterfly tubing, discard needle end in sharps container.
4. Attach tubing to the syringe.
5. Recline patient to a 45* angle; insert tubing.
6. Quickly instill the 1 mL of saline and then aspirate back into syringe.
7. Transfer aspirate into viral transport media (wash media in and out of syringe to instill maximum specimen).
8. Tightly close lid.


Specimen Transport: < 2 hr, no refrigeration

Specimen Source: Nasopharyngeal flocked swab; 1 specimen/day

Specimen Collection: Kit consists of flocked swab and viral transport media.
1. Insert the flocked swab into the nasal passage until a slight resistance is met.
2. Rotate the flocked swab 2-3 times and hold the swab in place for 5-10 seconds to ensure maximum absorbancy.
3. Put the swab in the viral transport media and break the shaft at the designated breakpoint.
4. Tightly close the lid.

Specimen Transport< 2 hr, no refrigeration

See Microbiology Specimen Collection Tables:



Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time

Testing is performed 24 hrs/day, 7 days a week. Results are available within 6 to 8 hours of receipt in Clinical Microbiology lab.

STAT Availability

Not Available

Test Methodology

Molecular method using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplifcation method and analyzed with automated Nested Mulitplex PCR, BioFire FilmArray to detect the presence or absence of each virus and bacteria in the panel.

Additional Information

Acceptable specimen types:

  • Nasopharyngeal Aspirate in viral transport medium
  • Flocked Nasopharyngeal swab in viral transport medium
  • Broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) minimum 0.5 mL in a sterile container 

CPT Code

87633, 87798 × 3

Test Includes

Detects viral targets: Influenza A, Influenza A subtypes H1,H3, and H1-2009, Influenza B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Parainfluenza viruses type 1-4, Adenovirus, Metapneumovirus, Coronavirus HKU1, Coronavirus NL63, Coronavirus 229E, Coronavirus OC43Enterovirus/Rhinovirus

Detects bacterial targets: Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Bordetella pertussis

Reference Range


Fee Code

30687633, 30587798 x 3


Respiratory Viral Panel
Influenza A
Influenza B
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae
Chlamydophila pneumoniae
Bordetella pertussis