Collection and Transport of Throat and Mouth swabs
Whenever possible it should be collected by a medical
officer or experienced nurse.
a hospital with a microbiology laboratory
In a good light and using the handle of a spoon to depress the tongue, examine the inside of the month. Look for inflammation, and the presence of any membrane, exudate or pus. 1.
With diphtheria – a greyish- yellow membrane (later becoming grayish Green-black and smelly) can often seen over the soft palate and backwards on to the phargedl wall. With streptococcal sore throat, the tonsil are inflammed and often coverd in a yellow spots. With infectious mononucleosis, the tonsils may be covered with a white exudate With C. albicans infection, patches of white exudate may be seen attached in places to the mucosal membrane of the month.
not to contaminate the
swab with saliva, return
it to its sterile
container. • Before
the patient must not
antiboitics or antiseptic month-washesr (gargles) for 8 hours.
Swab the affected area using a sterile cotton. Taking care