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Covid19 Nasal Swab

COVID-19 Nasal Swab Collection

A nasal specimen is required for COVID-19 testing. Instructions on how to collect this swab are provided below. 

1. Preparation

  • Wash your hands and wear appropriate PPE. Complete the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) requisition.
  • Ensure the collection tube is labeled with the patient’s first and last name, date of birth, gender, time, and date of collection.
  • Ask the patient to blow their nose before swab collection.

Physician Collection Diagram

2. Nasal Swab

  • Gently unscrew the cap.
  • Remove the swab from the sterile wrapping.
  • Do NOT touch any part of the swab other than the shaft of the swab.
  • Next, insert the tip of the swab horizontally into one nostril, at least 2 inches until resistance is felt. Some patients may experience an urge to sneeze or cough or watering of the eyes.
  • Rotate the swab 5 times and then leave in position for 5-10 seconds to absorb any material present.
  • Withdraw the swab carefully, taking care not to touch the exposed tip.
  • Insert swab shaft into the tube, snap shaft at the marked line or bend the swab to fit inside the tube.
  • Screw-on lid firmly to ensure no leakage.

Swab Transport Pouch

3. Proper Transport

  • Place the labelled tube into the specimen bag and seal it airtight.
  • Place the completed requisition form into the side sleeve of the specimen bag.
  • Drop-off the specimen collected at the designated location or contact your courier for routine pick-up.



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Last updated: Tuesday, 20 December 2022