Specimen Collection Manual: Urethral Swabs
- ESwab Collection System.
- UTM or UVT transport medium.
Specimen Collection Criteria
- The patient should not have urinated for at least 1 hour prior to specimen collection.
- Position the patient so that the urethra is readily accessible.
- Cleanse the urethral meatus as for collection of clean catch urine.
- Insert a mini-tip, flocked swab 2 to 4 cm into the urethra.
- Carefully rotate the swab three times and remove the swab from the urethra.
- Urethral discharges are not acceptable specimens.
- Do not use expired media. Check expiration date on all media prior to use.
Microbiology Laboratory – RO
Microbiology Laboratory – TR
Microbiology Laboratory – GP
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This directory currently reflects information only for specimens collected and/or processed at the
Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.