Several skin flakes or nail clippings
1 ESwab or 1 Amies medium based swab
Swabs: - ESwab: collect one swab for Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic cultures, and an additional swab for each additional culture type or stain (e.g. fungus or mycobacteria). - Other Amies medium swab types: collect one swab for every culture and stain to be ordered.
See ESwab collection video for more information
The fungal load in a clinical specimen may be low. Specimens with less than the recommended volumes may therefore lead to a false negative result.
See Critical Value List for list of current critical values.