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Chapter 79 : Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Virology*

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The importance of appropriate specimen collection and handling to ensure accurate laboratory results cannot be overstated. This aspect of the preanalytical phase of laboratory testing is often the most vulnerable part of the testing process and accounts for many of the errors in laboratory diagnostics. The preanalytical steps for viral diagnostics involving specimen selection, collection, transport, and processing are described in this chapter. It is important for the laboratory to ensure that many of these variables are controlled to maintain specimen integrity. The laboratory should serve as a resource for clinicians and those collecting patient specimens to ensure that only quality samples are collected, processed, and tested and that results are reliable and meaningful.

Citation: Dunn J. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Virology*, p 1405-1421. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch79
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Tables

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TABLE 1

Specimens and methods for detection of viruses

Citation: Dunn J. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Virology*, p 1405-1421. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch79
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TABLE 2

Commercial sources of transport media for viral diagnostics

Citation: Dunn J. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Virology*, p 1405-1421. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch79
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TABLE 3

Processing and storage conditions for blood specimens with selected FDA-cleared/approved NATs

Citation: Dunn J. 2015. Specimen Collection, Transport, and Processing: Virology*, p 1405-1421. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch79

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