This video is part of COPAN’s ongoing commitment to demonstrate best practices for specimen collection. The first video in the series features nasopharyngeal swab specimen collection using flocked swabs and viral transport media (FLOQSwabs™ and UTM™ Universal Transport Media from Copan).
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.
00:04Specimen collection should be performed by health care personnel who have completed training and demonstrated competency. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for specific instructions regarding specimen collection and transport for the type of test kit being used.
00:20 (Text on screen with a voice over) Personal protective equipment (PPE), including a lab coat, mask (surgical, dental, medical procedure, isolation or laser mask), eye protection and gloves should be worn at all times when collecting a respiratory specimen.
1:06 Gently remove the swab and perform the test according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
1:11 If specimen testing is not performed at the point-of-care, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for transport and storage recommendations. Follow the standard operating procedures of transport and testing for your facility.