Information on collection, storage, and volume
Swab of vaginal and rectal specimen
Single or double bacterial swab in Amies agar gel transport or equivalent
Single bacterial swab in Amies agar gel transport or equivalent
Maintain specimen at room temperature.
Inappropriate specimen transport; use of ESwab™; inappropriate transport conditions; improper labeling; specimen received after prolonged delay (more than 48 hours); cervical/endocervical, perianal, perirectal or perineal specimen or any source other than vagina and rectum
Collection of both a vaginal and rectal swab specimen is strongly recommended. Swab the lower vagina (vaginal introitus), followed by the rectum (ie, insert swab through the anal sphincter) using the same swab. Move swab from side to side, or rotate the swab at the collection site, allowing several seconds for absorption of organisms by the swab. Cervical, perianal, perirectal, or perineal specimens are not acceptable, and a speculum should not be used for culture collection.