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

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1 Specimen Collection

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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 8OJ0Ahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgVZ3p 8OJ0A ation/http://www.copanusa.com/downloads/educ ation/ imation.phphttp://www.copanusa.com/products/utm/an imation.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


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