Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection Swab:
Medline nylon flocked swabs provide optimum specimen collection
- With the patient seated, if possible, tilt the head back 70 degrees.
- Gently insert swab into the nostril along the septum floor of the nose extending straight back until the posterior nasopharynx is reached (distance from nostrils to external opening of ear).
- Rotate the swab several times while the swab is in contact with the nasopharyngeal wall.