Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Vaginal washing or vaginal swab
Sterile container containing 1.0 mL sterile (nonbacterial) saline, or rayon swab in culturette.
Cause for rejection:
Ambient <24hrs or Refrigerated (up to 36hrs)
Swabs from vagina are placed back in culturette or placed in sterile vial containing 1.0 mL sterile (nonbacteriostatic) saline. Swabs with cotton tips or wooden shafts are not recommended.
OC Power Word:
Validated for vaginal specimens.