Nasal Swab Collection Instructions: 

One – Materials required:
Aerobic culture swab collection/transport
Peel open package
 
Two – Collection: (right nares)
Remove and discard white plug from culture tube.
 Pull one swab from the red cap and insert this swab about 1 inch into the right nares. Rotate the swab against the nasal mucosa.
Insert this swab into the culture tube.
 
Three – Repeat collection (left nares)
Insert the remaining swab about 1 inch into the left nares. Rotate the swab against the nasal mucosa.
 
Four – Replace swab into aerobic transport.
Insert the second swab into the culture tube and cap.
Label specimen at bedside (verify that label and patient armband match)
Transport to laboratory at room temperature in clean ziplock bag.


Reference: A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology, 2nd Edition. J Michael Miller, PhD, ABMM. Published by ASM (1999)