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  1. Specimen Collection

  2. Specimen Collection

  3. Materials for Specimen Collection • Viral Transport media in collection tubes • Polyester fiber tipped swabs • Personal protective equipment • Specimen submission forms

  4. Materials for Specimen Collection • Should be dacron, rayon, or polyester fiber swabs • Do not use cotton swabs with wooden sticks or swabs containing calcium alginate; inhibits PCR

  5. Visual Resources • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgVZ3p8OJ0A • http://www.copanusa.com/downloads/education/ • http://www.copanusa.com/products/utm/animation.php

  6. Specimen Handling • Swab specimens should be placed in a biohazard bag and placed at 4°C • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible • Specimens may be stored at 4°C for 2 days; longer storage will require freezing at -70 °C • Do not store in standard freezer – keep on ice or in refrigerator • Avoid freeze-thaw cycles; better to keep on ice for a week than to have repeat freeze and thaw