Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

GROUP A STREP RAPID THROAT

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2388         Geisinger Epic ID: 17507

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Throat
Preferred collection container:
Special notes:
See Microbiology Collection Appendix for collection instructions. Dry swab should be used for Rapid Group A Strep. Flocked swab should be used for PCR testing. Check expiration date on transport device before use. Do not use cotton-tipped swabs, calcium alginate swabs, wooden-shafted swabs, charcoal swabs, swabs with semi-solid transport medium, or swabs with transport tubes containing sponges with liquid media.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
If throat specimen is accidentally collected in an ESwab tube, rapid testing cannot be performed. Testing can be credited and a Group A Strep PCR (GASPCR) performed. 
Transport temperature:
Room temperature(18-25°C) within 72 hours.
Specimen stability:
72 hours.
Rejection criteria:
Improperly labeled/identified specimen. Expired collection/transport swab. Visibly bloody specimen swab. Collection of specimen with non-approved swab type.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
Negative.
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Positive.
Additional information:
All negative screens are confirmed by Group A Strep PCR (performed at GMC).
CPT code(s):
87880
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Antigen detection of Group A strep.
Methodology:
Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Synonyms:
THROAT, GRPAS
STREP
RAPID
GROUP A
STREPTOCOCCUS PYOGENES
STREP THROAT, GROUP A STREP, RAPID GROUP A STREP
RAPID STREP
PHARYNGITIS
Clinical significance:
Group A Streptotoccus is a causative agent of acute pharyngitis. Although rare, untreated group A streptococcal pharyngitis may progress to suppurative and nonsuppurative sequelae.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 12/28/2020

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Francis Tomashefski
Frequency: Daily, all shifts
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Theresa Serafin    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Kelly Alleman    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Christon Henderson  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Kris Robb  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical lead: Kenneth Starr    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes
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