Lab Test

Specimen Collection Manual: Rectal Swab



  • ESwab Collection System.
  • UTM or UVT transport medium.

Specimen Collection Criteria

  • Position the patient so that the anus is readily accessible.
  • Insert a flocked swab 3-5 cm into the rectum.
  • Rotate the swab and carefully withdraw it from the rectum. The swab should have fecal material on it.

Rejection Criteria

  • Do not use expired media. Check expiration date on all media prior to use.


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