How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen
When conducting diagnostic swab testing for COVID-19, CDC recommends nasopharyngeal swabbing. Regardless if the patient is symptomatic, specimens should be collected as soon as possible with testing swabs once PUIs are identified.
If you’ve conducted flu tests, swabbing for COVID-19 testing is the same process.
Puritan’s 7 Steps for Taking a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen
- Wash hands and wear appropriate PPE such as disposable gloves, isolation gowns, and face masks.
- Remove sterile swab from package.
- Tilt patient’s head back to straighten nasal passage.
- Insert swab straight back horizontally to the nasopharynx until you meet resistance.
- Rotate swab up to 5 times and hold in place 5-10 seconds to collect sample.
- Place swab into the viral transport medium and break off handle where indicated.
- Cap, label with patient information, and deliver to lab for testing.
To find more tips and helpful information visit the Puritan COVID 19 resource portal.
Puritan Medical Products. “COVID-19 Testing: How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen.” COVID-19 Testing: How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen, Puritan Medical Products, 8 Apr. 2020, blog.puritanmedproducts.com/how-to-collect-a-nasopharyngeal-swab-specimen.