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  Varicella/Zoster Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as VZV, Herpes Zoster Other

VIROLOGY

Specimen requirements: N/A
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: N/A
Absolute minimum amount: Please call lab 619-543-5797
Method of collection: See special instructions below.
Transportation: N/A
Label instructions: All containers must be labeled with patient name and medical record number.
Request test on form: Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )
Order/entry screen(s): Microbiology/Virology
Stat frequency: N/A
Stat turn around time: N/A
Routine frequency: Daily
Must be in by: N/A
Routine turn around time: 3 - 12 Days
For Hillcrest deliver to: Virology : Virology or Microbiology Laboratory
For Thornton deliver to: Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: Tissue Culture
Special Instructions: LESIONS/SKIN SCRAPINGS: "Preferred Method" - Using a tuberculin syringe, aspirate the fluid without dislodging the vesicle. Recap the needle using a one-handed scoop technique or a passive recapping device. The fluid is in the tip of the needle. Put syringe on ice and send immediately to lab. "Alternative Method" - Using a swab which comes with the transport media, vigorously scrape the lesion until the base of the vesicle is visible. Scrape 2-3 more times and place the swab into the media and break off the tip to fit the container. Deliver to laboratory as soon as possible. AMNIOTIC FLUID: Collect in sterile tube or syringe. Transport to laboratory as soon as possible. BUFFY COATS: Collect 1-7 mL of blood in a heparinized (green top) tube. Place on ice and transport to laboratory. CSF: Transport CSF tube to laboratory as soon as possible.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
SOFTLAB abbreviation: CXHSV
Secondary code: 4524
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A