Explify Respiratory

Acceptable Specimen Types

Specimen Type:Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Collect:Collect BAL specimens in sterile containers
Specimen Preparation:Specimen source required

Transfer 2 mL to a sterile container (min: 1 mL)

Place specimen in an individually sealed biohazard bag

 
Specimen Type:Sputum
Collect:Have the patient rinse the mouth with water

Instruct the patient to take a deep breath and cough to obtain deep sputum and expectorate into sterile container

Repeat until the minimum amount of sample is obtained

Close the lid of the sterile container

It is important to obtain sputum (thick) and not saliva (clear)

Specimen Preparation:Specimen source required

Transfer 2 mL to a sterile container (min: 1 mL)

Place specimen in an individually sealed biohazard bag

 
Specimen Type:Nasopharyngeal Swab
Collect:Place the patient in a comfortable, sitting position with head tilted backwards

Use nasopharyngeal swab and insert through nares (parallel to the palate) to the back of the nasopharynx until meeting resistance

Gently rotate the swab for 20–30 seconds (or until inducing cough) while the swab is in contact with the nasopharynx to absorb secretions

Place the swab immediately in transport media

Specimen Preparation:Specimen source required

Transfer 2 mL to a sterile container (min: 1 mL)

Place specimen in an individually sealed biohazard bag

 
Specimen Type:Tracheal Aspirate
Collect:Collect Tracheal Aspirate specimens in sterile containers
Specimen Preparation:Specimen Source Required

Transfer 2 mL to a sterile container. (Min: 1 mL)

Place specimen in an individually sealed biohazard bag


Transport TemperatureSpecimen StabilityReject Criteria
FrozenFrozen: 30 days
Refrigerated: 4 days
Ambient: Unacceptable
Received at temperature other than frozen

Ordering Information
To inquire about ordering Explify Respiratory, please call IDbyDNA Client Services at: 833-397-5439 or email at clientservices@idbydna.com.