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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Test
Bordetella Culture
CategoryMicrobiology
Code
BORD
Test information
TIME BETWEEN SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND PROCESSING 
Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible 
Culture plates may be inoculated at the bedside. 
SPECIMEN TRANSPORT AND STORAGE 
Pernasal and nasopharyngeal swabs 
Sealed plastic bag sealed plastic bags attached to the request form. 
Nasopharyngeal aspirates 
Sterile leakproof container in a sealed plastic bag attached to the request 
form. 
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste or sharps container.
Pre-analytical
Moisten the tip of the pernasal swab in sterile water or saline and gently insert it into one of the nares. Guide the swab backwards and only slightly upwards along the nasal septum until a distinct give of resistance indicates that the posterior pharynx has been reached. Gently remove the swab and place in the transport medium. Transport to the laboratory with minimum delay, if a delay occurs, store the swab at room temperature.
Tube type
Pale blue topped wire per nasal swab
pernasal swab
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
5 days
TAT GP/Outpatient
5 days
Referral lab
Local
Page last updated: 08 September 2021