Diagnostic tests are an important part of the clinical landscape. Respiratory infections are common and can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus. Viruses account for a significant percentage of respiratory diseases. To ensure that the right treatment is prescribed, most medical professionals rely on clinical diagnostics tests.

What Does a Respiratory Panel Detect?

While respiratory panels can vary, at Tide Laboratories our respiratory panels detect the following:

Viruses Bacteria Fungal
  • Coronavirus HKU1
  • Coronavirus NL63
  • Coronavirus 229E
  • Coronavirus OC43
  • Human Metapneumovirus A/B
  • Human Rhinovirus
  • Human Enterovirus
  • Influenza A, B, C
  • Influenza A/H1-20G9
  • Parainfluenza Virus 1,2,3,4
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • A/B Adenovirus
  • Bocavirus
  • Parechovirus
  • Mycoplasma pneumonia
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Legionella
  • Haemophilus influenza B
  • Staphylococcus aureu
  • Reflex to MRSA
  • Salmonella Spp
  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Bordetella Spp
  • Haemophilus influenza
  • Pneumocystis Jirovecii (F)


When Should a Respiratory Panel be Used?

There are many common signs of respiratory infections. This includes fevers, aches, sore throats, and coughs. However, not everyone with symptoms requires a diagnostics test. A respiratory panel is primarily performed when a patient is seriously ill, hospitalized, and/or at risk for severe infection with complications or multiple infections. This is especially the case if an individual has signs and symptoms associated with an upper respiratory infection that has been prolonged and has not been resolved by treatment.

How are Respiratory Panel Samples Collected?

For a respiratory panel, a sample is collected from the back of the nose and throat through a nasopharyngeal swab. The patient must tip their head back and a swab is gently inserted through a nostril until resistance is met. This is about 1 to 2 inches. It is then rotated several times and withdrawn. This generally does not cause any pain. Many report a tickling sensation and eyes watering from the swab.

How is the Sample Tested?

For a respiratory panel and many of the testing methods at Tide Laboratories, many labs utilize molecular diagnostics testing. This has many benefits for clinical laboratories, including faster and more accurate test results. Learn more about the value of molecular testing on our website.

Why Should You Use Tide Laboratories for Your Molecular Testing Results?

It’s now easier than ever to provide patients with the quickest and most accurate diagnosis possible. Tide Laboratories utilizes PCR testing, which has proven to provide faster and more accurate results. According to the CDC, 70% of today’s medical decisions depend on laboratory results and over 14 billion lab tests are ordered annually. These tests are required for effective diagnosis and treatment of disease. Molecular testing has become a routine part of the healthcare industry.

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