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Test Code LAB12199-I Rapid Streptococcus A Screen (Group A) with Reflex to Culture - Inpatient

Department

MICROBIOLOGY

Collection Requirements

Submit to lab, 1 dry dacron swab or rayon swab, within 2 hours of collection.

Primary Collection Container

Dry Dacron Swab

Alternate Collection Container

Rayon Swab

Transport

Ambient

Preferred Transport Temperature

Ambient

Processing

Reflex culture must be set up within 2 hours of collection.

Stability

Ambient: 2 hours

Reference Range

Negative

Methodology

Immunochromatographic

Signify Strep A Test

Performed

Sunday – Saturday

Reported

Screen: Within 2 hours

Reflex: 2-3 days

CPT Codes

87880 Screen; if negative, add 87081

Unacceptable Conditions

Contamination due to improper throat swab collection (avoid teeth, gums, tongue, and cheek). Use of Calcium alginate swabs, cotton swabs, or swabs with wooden shafts.

Additional Information

Reflex to culture if screen is negative.