Use of Culture Swabs

  1. The swab system is guaranteed sterile until the seal is broken. Do not use swab if seal is broken.
  2. Peel open and remove the swab from the package.
  3. Remove the cap/swab stick from the system.
  4. Collect the appropriate specimen and place the swab into the system. Push the cap to bring the swab into contact with the transport medium.
  5. Use the bar code label with patient’s name and ID to identify the specimen.
  6. Place the labeled specimen in a plastic Transport Bag.
  7. Hold at room temperature.
  8. Due to short stability, specimens must be collected and shipped to the laboratory Monday through Friday only.