Specimen Collection Swabs
Coventry specimen collection swabs are used for the collection and transport of specimens to the microbiology laboratory for organism recovery.
These materials can be used for diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus), which includes nasopharyngeal (NP) and oropharyngeal (OP) specimen collection.
Any materials chosen for diagnostic testing must be qualified per FDA and/or CDC guidelines. For more information on proper processing of sampling materials, refer to the CDC's online resource "Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)."
For more information, check out the whitepaper below.
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What is a foam swab? / Why should I use a foam swab?
While cotton bud swabs (aka Q-tips) are commonly used for all kinds of precision cleaning, foam swabs are commonly used to reduce contamination from cotton threads and particulates. Foam swabs are usually made of open cell polyurethane for maximum cleanliness and absorbency.
What is a sterile swab?
Sterile swabs are free from bacteria or other living microorganisms. Common methods for sterilization include autoclaves, ETO (ethylene oxide gas), and Gamma irradiation. Sterile swabs are generally used for biological sample collection to avoid sample contamination, and for medical use to avoid infection.