Keep samples viable during transport with convenient, self-contained BD CultureSwab™ and BD CultureSwab Plus™ systems. Both are ideal for sampling aerobes; BD CultureSwab Plus™ is also appropriate for strict anaerobes. Systems consist of tube, transport medium, and swab with integral cap. Tubes are made of unbreakable polypropylene and include a preattached data label and a tamper-evident seal. Swabs are rayon and are designed with an extra long shaft. Various media are available for vaginal, skin, wound, nasopharyngeal, ear, nose, throat, and eye specimens, as well as male urethral sampling. Systems are also available with Cary-Blair agar for fecal specimens and with a sterile swab in an empty tube for general specimen collection and transport. Each swab package is flushed with nitrogen gas to assure freshness of the medium throughout the product shelf life.
Each BD CultureSwab™ tube contains a swab with a polyurethane sponge. After sampling, the swab is returned to the tube and specimen is put in immediate contact with the medium and kept moist during transport.
Each BD CultureSwab Plus™ tube contains a 5mL column of Amies gel for maximum specimen protection and improved sample viability of anaerobes. Gel column also ensures that swab maintains a centralized position during transport. BD CultureSwab Plus™ tubes feature a special venturi hourglass design that helps prevent breakdown of the gel column during transport, minimizes bubbles and breaks in gel, and reduces the formation of air pockets that are harmful to fastidious bacteria.