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How to collect nasal swab and throat swab
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HOW TO COLLECT NASAL SWAB AND THROAT SWAB
Karishma Kulkarni, Nikhil Thatte, Rucha Shelgikar, Ira Shah
medical Sciences Department, Pediatric Oncall
Address for Correspondence:
1/B Saguna, 271/B St. Francis Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056.
The person taking nasal or throat swabs should be wearing gloves, gown, mask, and eyewear.
Nasal Swabs – Method
Ensure that the patient does not blow his/her nose prior to taking the nasal swabs.
Tilt patients head back gently and steady the chin.
Insert cotton bud end of dry sterile swab into right nostril and rub firmly against the turbinate (to ensure swab contains cells as well as mucus).
Insert swab into tube of transport medium, break off shaft of swab and recap tube.
Repeat procedure for left nostril using new sterile swab and insert into same tube of transport medium.
Throat Swabs - Method
Ask patient to open mouth and stick their tongue out
Use tongue spatula to press the tongue downward to floor of the mouth
Use sterile cotton swab to swab both of the tonsillar arches and the posterior nasopharynx, without touching the sides of the mouth
Insert swab into same transport tube containing nose swabs, break off shaft and recap tube firmly.
Label the transport tube with the patient’s initials, date of birth, case number and date of collection. Place all transport tubes in a plastic bag and complete request form making sure to include the name of the Facility. The plastic bag containing specimens should be packaged in a flask with ice bricks and sent to the laboratory as soon as possible.
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