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  • Gently insert single swab through each nare until it reaches that portion of mucosa that is inflamed or containing exudate. In small children, use a nasopharyngeal swab to facilitate collection.
  • Rotate swab quickly in nare and withdraw.
  • Swab the opposite nare in same manner. One swab is used for both nares.
  • Immediately place swab in culture tube being careful not to touch the swab to the outside of the tube and transport at 2-8 °C.
  • Specify if for MRSA or any suspected pathogens on the requisition

If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call

NPHL Client Services at 402-559-2440 or toll free at 1-866-290-1406.