A specimen collected with a speculum is not recommended.
- 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 (including Gram) to be ordered.
See eSwab collection video for more information
Specimens should be delivered to the microbiology laboratory as soon as possible. Culture of specimens older than 24 hours may lead to a reduction in recovery of microorganisms.
For more information on Specimen Collection Media/Swab, see Specimen Transport Pictorial.