OneSwab, UroSwab, and NasoSwab Collection Techniques

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Specimen Collection

The proper specimen collection techinique is very important in identifying pathogens from DNA.Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, L.L.C provides the OneSwab, UroSwab, and Naso Swab specimen collection paltfrom for you convenience. For woman, the sequence of Pap testing in relation to other cervical or vaginal specimens are collected for gynecological testing, the pap test can be obtained last.

Collection samples with OneSwab

Step 1.
Family, Yet gently, sample the endocervical canal with the sterike swab roating it 360 for 10 to 30 second to ensure adequatae sampling. When sampling a crusted over lesion, mosten the swab in sterile saline prior to taking the sample.

Step 2.
Remove the swab and place into the vial. Break the shaft at molded break point and insert into transport medium.

Step 3.
To prevent leakage, be sure the swab fits into the vail prior to capping. Tightly cap the vial and label with a minimum of two patient identifiers such as name and date of birth. For packaging and shipping instructions, Please refar to MDL’s catalog of services.

Collection Sample for Vagnial Group B Step(GBS) with OneSwab
Obtaining specimens for the diagnosis of GBS infection from both the anorectum and the distal vagina increases the sensitivity by a considerable perchentage (5% to 25%) over vaginal swabbing alone. Within the genital tract, the highest isolation rates are reported form introitus and the cervik.

Collection sapmle of loose stol specimens with OneSwab
Step 1.
Utillize the swab provided to obtain a sample of loose stool and insert into the vial.

Step2.
Remove the swab and place into the vial. Break the shaft at molded brek point and instert into transport medium.

Step3.
To prevent leakage, be sure the swab fits into the vial prior to capping.Tightly cap the vial and lable with a minimum of two patient indentifiers such as name and date of birth. For packaging and shipping instruction, please refer to MDL’s catalog of services.

Collecting Sample with NasoSwab
Step 1.
Urine collection sholud be at least one hour between voids.
Step 2.
Have the Patient collect a urine sample in a urian continaer.
Step 3.
Did the sponge into the vial. To prevent leakage, tightly cap the vial. Lable with a minimum of two a patient identifiers such as name and date of birth. For packaging instruction, please refer to MDL’s catalog of services.

Collection sample with NasoSwab
Step 1.
Aseptically remove the sterile swab from package, without toching the swab head.

Step 2.
Tilt the patient’s head slightly upwards. Insert the brush end dwonloads into the nostril
all the way to the guard. Be sure to direct the swab down towards the throat and not up twoards the forehead. Rotate the swab 360.

Step 3.
Aseptically remove cap from vial.

Step 4.
Break swab at molded break point and insert into transport medium.

Step 5.
To Prevent Leakage, be sure the swab fits into the vial prior to capping. Tightly cap the vial and label with a minimum of two patient identifiers such as name and date of birth. For Packaging and shipping instruction, please refer to MDL’s catalog of services.

 

Medical Diagnostic Laboratories L.L.C is proud off offer the convenience of liquid-based Cytology with molecular testing. For women, the sequence of Pap testing in relation to other cervical or vaginal specimens does not appear to influence pap test result or their interpretation. Therefore, when other cultures or specimens are collected for gynecological testing, the Pap test can be obtained last.

Colllecting sample with ThinPrep
If desired, use lukewarm water to warm and lubricate the speculum. Water-shouble gel lubricant sparingly applied to the posterior blad of the speculum can be used if necessary. Collect the specimen using one of the three protocols:

Plastic Spatula
Select contoured end of plastic spatula and rotate it 360 degrees around the enttire exocervix maintaining tight contact with exocervical surface. Rinse the spatula as quickly as possible into the PreservCyt Solution vial by swirling the spatula vigorously in the vial 10 times. Discard the spatula.

Endocervical Brush Device
Obtian an adequate sampling from the endocervix brush device. Insert the brush into the cervix until only the bottom-most fibers are expose. Slowly rotate 1/4 or 1/2 turn in one direction. DO NOT OVER-ROTATE. Rinse the brush as quickly as possible in the PreservCyt Solution by roating the device in the solution 10 times while pushing against the PreservCyt vial wall. swirl the brush vigorously to further release material. Discrad the brush.

Broom_like Device
Insert the centrel british of the broom into the endocervical canal deep enough to allow
the shorter bristles to fully contact the ectocervix. Push gently, and rotate the broom in a clockwise direction five times. Rinse the brooms as quickly as possible into the PreservCyt Solution vial by pushing the broom into the bottom of the vial 10 times, forcing the bristles apart. As a final step, swirl the broom vigorously to further release material. Discard the coolection device.

 

1. Tighten the cap so that the torque line on the cap passes the torque line on the vial.
2. Lable the vial with a minimum of two patient identifiers such as name and date of birth.
3. Provide patient information and medical history on the Pathology Test Requisition form.
4. Insert the labeled vial into foam insert of the mailer and closeed mailer into the biohazard bag.
5. Be sure to include a completed test requisition form for each specimen in the front pocket of the biohazard bag of transport to the Laboratory.