Test: Respiratory Pathogen Panel 
  Synonym: Virus Respiratory PCR, FilmArray Respiratory Panel 
  Method: Qualitative nucleic acid amplified multiplex PCR assay 
  Availability: Varies according to test volume; refer to laboratory for testing interval. Specimens received by 0400 on testing days will have same day results. 
  Specimen: Nasopharyngeal wash, nasopharyngeal swab, or BAL 
  Collection Device: Universal viral transport media (1 - 2 mL), Starswab viral transport tube, or sterile tube for BAL. 
  Volume: Collect 2 - 3 mL nasopharyngeal wash (using normal saline) or 2 - 3 mL BAL 
  Storage/Transport: Store refrigerated and transport within 72 hours 
  Unacceptable: Slides, smears; unacceptable specimens (sputum; tracheal aspirate; lung tissue biopsy; and pleural fluid); samples collected in non-viral transport media or using a bacterial culture swab; dry swabs; wood shaft or calcium alginate swabs; samples collected in EIA or ProbeTec transport media 
  Specimen Stability: Refrigerated, 72 hours 
  Reference Interval: Negative for Influenza Type A virus, Influenza A subtype H1 virus (seasonal), Influenza A subtype H1 virus (pandemic 2009), Influenza A subtype H3 virus (seasonal), Influenza B virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Parainfluenza viruses (1, 2, 3 and 4), Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Human Metapneumovirus, Adenovirus, Coronavirus (HKU1, NL63, 229E, and OC43), Bordetella pertussis, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae 
  Reportable Disease: A positive Adenovirus, Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus, RSV, or Bordetella pertussis result is reportable 
  Comments: This test is now being recommended for the management of severely ill or hospitalized patients. Subtyping influenza may be helpful in predicting antiviral susceptibility. 
  Revised: 10/3/2013