Viral Culture
Label Mnemonic: VIRAL
Epic Lab Code: LAB7521
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
Rectal Swab or Stool
Specimen Instructions:
Do not freeze. Rectal swabs should be placed in viral transport media upon collection to submit to laboratory; available in Hospital Stores #33625, #923740 for viral transport kit. Deliver on ice.
Collection Medium:
Chlamydia/Viral Transport Kit Swab Kit Straight HSV--VZV/Viral Culture 3.0 mL
Specimen source preferred
Collect stool in sterile leak-proof container.

Collect rectal swab in viral transport media.

Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag.
Rejection Criteria:
Calcium alginate, dry, eSwab or wood swabs. Specimens may be rejected by the reference laboratory if they exceed stability requirements.
Turn Around Time:
3-14 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
Reference Range:
Cell Culture
CPT Code:
87252 Tissue culture. If definitive identification required, add 87253.