Swab Culture

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What you'll learn

A swab or throat culture is a common laboratory test used to identify the microorganisms that may cause infection of the body or lungs. The sample is taken from the throat and is placed in a sterile container for further investigations.

The primary purpose of a swab culture is to identify the specific bacterial organisms that are causing respiratory infection, particularly to identify or to rule out the presence of group A, beta-hemolytic streptococci, the bacterial organisms that cause strep throat. This can help in mass testing in the case of pandemics and can also provide results in an early time.

Knowledge of how a swab culture is done, indications for swab culture, collection of the sample, storage of the sample, etc should be known by health care professionals.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses,
  • Life science graduates
  • Radiography technicians

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedure considerations for obtaining swabs
  • Key anatomical structures and cross-section of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx
  • How to prepare for taking a swab for culture
  • Collection of a swab from the back of the throat, and collection of a wound specimen by either swabbing or aspirating

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