Aptima HOLOGIC Swab

When to use

During limited supply of Viral Transport Media for Nasopharyngeal collections, the following alternate instructions for the collection of Throat and Nares with the Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit.


  • Throat/nares swabs can be performed using droplet and contact precautions and do not require an N95 respirator

  • Change gloves and wash your hands between each patient

Throat and Nares to be collected from the single swab

What Does it Look Like?

Aptima Swab

Specimen Collection

DO NOT use this swab for nasopharyngeal collection

DO NOT touch the soft tip or lay the swab down

Step 1

  • Explain the procedure to the patient.

  • Have the patient tilt their head backwards, open their mouth, and stick out their tongue. Use a tongue depressor to hold the tongue in place.

  • Hold the swab, placing the thumb and forefinger in the middle of the shaft covering the black score line. Do not hold the shaft below the score line.

  • Swab the posterior oropharynx (avoiding touching the sides of the mouth and tongue)

Step 2

  • Using the same swab, ask the patient to tilt his/her head back and insert the swab approximately 1-2 cm into each nostril.

  • Rotate the swab inside of the nostril for 3 seconds, covering all surfaces.

Step 3

  • While holding the swab in your hand, unscrew the tube cap (foil top). Do not spill the tube contents.

  • Immediately place the swab into the transport tube so the black score is in line with the top edge of the tube and carefully break the shaft. Discard the top portion of the shaft.

  • Do not puncture the foil cap.

Step 4

  • Screw cap on tightly

  • Refrigerate immediately

  • Remove gloves and wash hands

  • Attach completed requisition and transport to the laboratory



  • Patient’s legal name and date of birth

  • Patient’s Health Card Number or another unique identifier (as determined by healthcare provider)


  • Patient’s legal name and date of birth

  • Patient’s Health Card Number or another unique identifier (as determined by healthcare provider)

  • Date and time of collection

  • Physicians full name, address and physician registration number


  • Delivery of sample(s) to the regional laboratory should occur within 4 hours from time of collection.

    • If transportation is delayed beyond 4 hours, the specimens should be refrigerated and transported to the laboratory using a cooler with ice packs.
  • Transport logistics needs to be maximized to ensure that specimens are received by the QEII laboratory within 24 hours.


If you have questions relating to testing, please contact your Microbiologist on-call

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