Plain wire swab

Description

Plain wire swab 

  • Colour coded ORANGE
  • Pack contains:
    • Sterile wire-shafted swab
  • Use for bacteriology investigations only - may be useful for urethral and auditory canal sampling
  • Do not use for virology or Chlamydia investigations

Swabs must be placed into a tube of charcoal transport medium for transport to the laboratory

Fastidious organisms will not survive on dry swabs

Notes

Label the specimen with:

  • Surname
  • Forename
  • Date of birth (not age) OR unique identity number (MRN number, NHS number)

For further information, see: PATHOLOGY POLICY FOR SPECIMEN AND REQUEST FORM LABELLING FOR PATHOLOGY USERS PDF file

 


Page last reviewed: 23/10/2014