Microbiology Collections

Throat & Nasopharynx

Preparation -
Type, Number or Volume Swab.
Container or Transport Device Culturette. Use viral culturette for virus culture. (Herpes)
Technique Swab areas for exudation, membrane formation or inflammation. Avoid the tongue
Comments Usually Group A Strep. Must notify lab if other isolates requested, (e.g. GC, pertussis, diptheriae)
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Type, Number or Volume Flexible nasopharyngeal swab.
Container or Transport Device Flexible nasopharyngeal swab with transport media.
Technique Pass through into nasopharynx, rotate and remove.
Comments Most useful for B. pertussis and C. diphtheriae.