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Testing Results
IMPORTANT! Sites requesting testing must have approval from the appropriate state or local health department before submitting specimens. Approval must be sent to NPHL by email at or by calling (402) 559-9444.

A Special Microbiology Form must accompany the specimens. Some tests require additional forms and patient history. This will be listed below when applicable. When requested, testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406 for further clarification.


  Test: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Direct Antigen Detection 
  Synonym: RSV Direct 
  Method: Enzymatic Immunoassay 
  Availability: Daily; routine results within 4 hours and stat results within 1 hour of specimen receipt in the Microbiology Laboratory 
  Specimen: Nasopharyngeal wash, aspirate, or swab 
  Collection Device: Place specimen in viral transport media 
  Volume: 3.0 mL wash (Min: 2.0 mL) 
  Storage/Transport: Refrigerate; must be received by laboratory within 72 hours 
  Unacceptable: BAL,sputum, smears, bronchial washings 
  Specimen Stability: Refrigerated, < 72 hours 
  Reference Interval: Negative 
  Reportable Disease:  
  Comments: A negative screen does not rule out RSV. 
  Revised: 7/11/2011 


If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (866) 290-1406.