Importance of Sample Collection and Transport in the Age of COVID-19
: 22 Jun 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
Now available on-demand this webinar is presented by Susan E. Sharp, PhD, (D)ABMM, (F)AAM, MS, MT(ASCP), Scientific Director for Copan Diagnostics, Inc., U.S.
Proper sample collection and transport play an important role in the accurate and timely identification of a pathogen. When testing for a respiratory virus, the gold standard is a specialized flocked swab used to collect a sample from the nasopharynx. The sample is then transported in viral media.
As the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) evolved into a global pandemic, swab specimen collection became a popular topic. Researchers and assay manufacturers, as well as the FDA and CDC, discussed different types of swabs and transport media to decide which could be used for sample collection and transport.
In this P.A.C.E.-accredited Fisher Healthcare webinar, Susan E. Sharp, PhD, will take an in-depth look at different types of swabs, how they are used to collect samples and the quality procedures required for manufacturing them. She will explore recommendations from the FDA regarding swabs, collection sites, and transport media, as well as how these recommendations evolved during the pandemic, and the role that self-collection will play in the future of respiratory viral testing.
This webinar will help you:
- List and identify the types of swabs that are commonly used for sample collection for respiratory viruses and the differences between each
- Recognize and discuss the types of transport media that are commonly used for SAR-CoV-2 sample collection and the differences between each
- Describe the factors that make up a good specimen
- Explain the evolution of swabs and transport media recommendations by the FDA