The views and opinions expressed in these videos are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect COPAN's official policy, recommendation or position. Always read the manufacturer’s package insert for specific instructions regarding specimen collection and transport for the type of test kit being used.
Throat Specimen Collection
Welcome to this most informative series of demonstrations of specimen collection for diagnostic microbiology. Receiving appropriately collected specimen in the laboratory is absolutely essential. This video series can provide some of the support you need for sample collection
Whether it is for culture or for rapid antigen testing, the quality of the specimen is critical. A cavalier approach to taking this simple specimen is a bad idea. One must firmly sample the back of the throat and tonsil area by pressing and rotating the swab during collection, usually always inducing a gag reflex in the patient if it is done right. Better to do it correctly the first time than have to do it twice.
The videos were produced in partnership with Dr. J. Michael Miller, Director of Microbiology Technical Services, a private consulting service for diagnostic labs. Dr. Miller previously spent 35 years with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and has had a long term interest in specimen management and clinical relevance.