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Molecular Diagnostic Submission Guidelines

Vaginitis Panels

Candida, BV, and Trichomonas from the BD Max UVE Collection kit
  1. Clinician Collection Procedure
    • Collect swab prior to pelvic, speculum or bimanual exam.*
    • No lubricant is to be used be used before or during sample collection.
    • Use only the provided BD MAX UVE Specimen collection kit.
      1. Gently slide the swab 2 inches (5cm) into the vagina.  If the swab does not slide easily, gently rotate the swab as you push.  If it is still difficult, do not attempt to continue.
      2. Rotate the swab for 10 to 15 seconds.
      3. Withdraw the swab without touching the skin outside the vagina.
  2. Patient Collection Procedure
    • Do not use lubricant with the BD MAX UVE Specimen Collection Kit to aid in self collection.
    • Patient must collect their specimen before any vaginal exam is performed with lubricant.
    • Patient must wash hands with soap and water prior to collection.  Rinse and dry.
      1. Twist the cap to break the seal.  Do not use if seal is broken or damaged.  Carefully pull the cap with attached swab off the tube.  Do not touch the soft tip or lay the swab down.  If you touch or drop the swab tip or the swab is laid down, discard the swab and request a new vaginal swab.  Check for presence of the swab tip.  If the swab has no tip, discard it and request a new vaginal swab.
      2. Hold the swab by the cap with one hand so the swab tip is pointing toward you.  With your other hand, gently spread the skin outside the vagina.  Insert the tip of the swab into the vaginal opening. Point the tip toward your lower back and relax your muscles.
      3. Gently slide the swab 2 inches (5cm) into the vagina.  If the swab does not slide easily, gently rotate the swab as you push.  If it is still difficult, do not attempt to continue self-collection:  consult your clinician at this point.
      4. Rotate the swab for 10 to 15 seconds.
      5. Withdraw the swab without touching the skin outside the vagina.  Place the swab in the tube and cap the tube securely.
      6. After collection, wash hands with soap and water, rinse, and dry.  Return the swab in its tube to the nurse or clinician as instructed.
  3. Swab to sample buffer tube transfer procedure
  • Transfer of swab to tube must be performed by clinician staff.
    1. Swab sample must be transferred within 2 hours after collection to the BD MAX UVE Sample Buffer Tube when kept at 2°C to 30°C.
    2. Fully insert the swab into the tube so that the tip is at the bottom.
    3. Carefully break the shaft at the score mark.  Be careful to avoid splashing.
    4. Tightly re-cap the tube.
    5. Label the tube with two patient identifiers (name and DOB), date and time collected.  Important: Be careful not to obscure the bar codes on the tube.
    6. Once the swab has been transferred, specimen is stable for 8 days at 2-30°C and 14 days at 2-8°C.

       

      *Precaution!  If speculum will be inserted prior to collecting the Vaginal Panel Swab:

  • Do NOT collect at the posterior fornix.
  • Lukewarm water may be used to warm and lubricate the speculum.
  • If lubricant must be used, lubricant should be used sparingly and applied only to the exterior sides of the speculum blades avoiding contact with the tip of the speculum.
  • Avoid contact between the swab and the speculum or lubricant.
  • Insert the MAX Vaginal Panel collection swab to contact the vaginal sidewall, 2 inches within the vagina, rotate gently for 10-15 seconds; withdraw the swab without touching the speculum.
Specimen Transport and Storage:
After collection, transport and store the swab in the Sample Transport Bag at 2-30 C until tested. Specimen must be received by PSMG within 72 hours of collection.

Kit Storage Requirements:
Store collection kit at room temperature (15-30 C).

C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae (CT/NG) testing

Collect in SurePath vials only*
Can be ordered as a standalone test

* Please refer to the SurePath collection guidelines

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing

Collect in SurePath vials only*
Can be ordered as a standalone test

* Please refer to the SurePath collection guidelines