Test Overview
Test Methodology

Cepheid GeneXpert - RT PCR

Test Usage

The Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 plus assay is a rapid, real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in upper respiratory specimens collected from individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.The Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 assay is only for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.
Fact sheet for healthcare providers: https://www.fda.gov/media/136313/download
Fact sheet for patients: https://www.fda.gov/media/136312/download

Reference Range *

Not Detected

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Limitations

Performance of the Xpert SARS-CoV-2 has only been established in nasopharyngeal swab specimens. Specimen types other than nasopharyngeal swab may give inaccurate results. A false negative result may occur if a specimen is improperly collected, transported, or handled.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Performed during normal operational hours of the designated POC testing areas.
Analytic Time

Approximately; 30 minutes for positive results, and 30-50 minutes for determination of negative results.

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) by PCR, Point of Care Nasopharyngeal
Point of Care
Point of Care
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Gently insert mini-tipped flocked nasopharyngeal swab (swab on flexible plastic shaft) through the nostril and into the nasopharynx, reaching the posterior nasopharynx. Gently rotate swab, then remove, and break swab off into tube of transport media. Make sure the swab is fully immersed in the transport media, and that the shaft is short enough to completely tighten the cap. For best results testing should be performed immediately after collection. Obtaining columnar epithelial cells will enhance reliability of viral detection. Please see CDC for current sample collection guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/guidelines-clinical-speci…

Special Handling

For best results samples should be tested immediately following collection.

Rejection Criteria
1. Specimen source other than nasopharyngeal or nasal swab is rejected. Throat swab, nasal or nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate, and sputum are NOT acceptable and will be rejected.
2. Specimens not in viral transport medium or saline.
3. Specimens that have been at room temperature longer than 8 hours.
4. Specimens that lack two patient identifiers.
Additional Information

For more test specific information, please refer to the test procedure found on the Michigan Medicine POC website: https://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/point-of-care

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