Collection of Respiratory Samples for Flu A/B and RSV for Testing Using PCR

Sample Container:

Nasal swab: Copan MSwab (Blue top tube and swab). Dry sterile swab plus viral transport medium.

Sampling Procedure:

  1. Tilt patient’s head back 70 degrees.
  2. While gently rotating the swab, insert swab less than one inch into nostril (until resistance is met at turbinates).
  3. Rotate the swab several times against nasal wall and repeat in other nostril using the same swab.
  4. Place tip of the swab into sterile viral transport media tube and cut off the applicator stick.

 

Last updated: April 6, 2020