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Test Mnemonic GC Neisseria gonorrhoeae Screen

Performing Laboratory

Hallmark Health

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

A charcoal swab must be used to collect patient specimens for this test. A routine swab will also be accepted.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Endocervix (Swab)

1.  Remove excess mucus from cervical os and surrounding mucosa using cleaning swab. Discard this swab.

2. Insert specimen collection swab into endocervical canal.

3. Gently rotate swab clockwise for 10 to 30 seconds in endocervical canal to ensure adequate sampling.

4. Withdraw swab carefully; avoid any contact with vaginal mucosa.

5. Remove cap from swab specimen transport tube, and immediately place specimen collection swab into specimen transport tube.

6. Carefully break swab shaft at scoreline; use care to avoid splashing contents.

7. Recap swab specimen transport tube tightly.

8. Label tube with patient’s full name, date of birth or medical record number, location of patient, and date and time of collection.

9. Forward promptly at ambient temperature only. Do not refrigerate.

Note:  Specimen source is required on request form for processing.

 

Urethra (Swab)

1. The patient should not have urinated for at least 1 hour prior to specimen collection.

2. Insert specimen collection swab 2 to 4 cm into urethra.

3. Gently rotate swab clockwise for 2 to 3 seconds in urethra to ensure adequate sampling.

4. Withdraw swab carefully.

5. Remove cap from swab specimen transport tube and immediately place specimen collection swab into specimen transport tube.

6. Carefully break swab shaft at scoreline; use care to avoid splashing contents.

7. Recap swab specimen transport tube tightly.

8. Label tube with patient’s full name, date of birth or medical record number, location of patient, and date and time of collection.

9. Forward promptly at ambient temperature only. Do not refrigerate.

Note:  Specimen source is required on request form for processing.

Reference Values

No Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated

Additional Information

A specimen which has been refrigerated will be reported with a disclaimer, “Refrigeration may affect the recovery of Neisseria gonorrhoeae.”