RSV Swab


What is an RSV Swab and what does it do?

RSV testing detects the presence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in nasal secretions. RSV is a common viral respiratory infection that tends to be seasonal, causing community epidemics in young children, older adults, and in the immunocompromised. Outbreaks typically begin in November or December and disappear in early spring. In these high-risk groups, RSV can cause pneumonia and bronchiolitis.

Who performs the test?

A respiratory therapist or Lab technician

Where does it take place?

At Jackson Hospital in the Respiratory Department or in the Lab located in the Outpatient Center at the Hudnall Building, Room 110 (located adjacent to the Hospital).

How long does it take?

About 5 minutes

What you can do to make it a success?

Please be sure to bring your doctor’s orders with you the day of your test. Allow 15 minutes to register.

What to do before your exam?

There is no special preparation needed for this test.

What happens during your exam?

The NP (nasopharyngeal) swab is collected by having a person tip their head back, then a swab (like a long Q-tip) is gently inserted into one of the nostrils until resistance is met (about 1 to 2 inches in), then rotated several times and withdrawn. This is not painful, but it may tickle a bit and cause the person's eyes to tear.

What to do after your exam?

You may resume normal activity after your study. Your physician should have the results of your study in 24-48 hours.

Contact Information:

Hospital (main operator): (850) 526-2200
Respiratory Department (850) 718-2545