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Test Catalog

Test ID: CGRNA    
Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Nucleic Acid Amplification (HOLOGIC), Varies

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Swab specimen must be collected using an Aptima Collection Unisex Swab (T583) or Aptima Collection Multitest Swab (T584, formerly called Aptima Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection Kit). These swabs are contained in the Aptima Collection Kit.

 

Supplies: Swab, Aptima Male/Female Collection (T583)

Specimen Type: Endocervix

Container/Tube: Aptima Collection Unisex Swab (T583)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1. Use cleaning swab (white shaft) to remove excess mucus from endocervix and discard.

2. Insert second swab (blue shaft) 1 to 1.5 cm into endocervical canal, and rotate swab gently for 30 seconds. Avoid touching vaginal wall when removing swab.

3. Place second swab into transport tube provided in collection kit. Snap off swab at score line so swab fits into closed tube.

4. Cap tube securely, and label tube with patient's entire name, and date and time of collection.

5. Transport and store swab container at 2 to 30 degrees C (refrigerate is preferred temperature) within 60 days of collection. If longer storage is needed, freeze at -20 to -70 degrees C for 12 months.

 

Supplies: Swab, Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit (T584)

Specimen Type: Vaginal

Container/Tube: Aptima Collection Multitest Swab (T584)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1. Insert swab (pink shaft) about 5 cm past introitus and rotate gently for 30 seconds.

2. Place swab into transport tube provided in collection kit. Snap off swab at score line so swab fits into closed tube.

3. Cap tube securely, and label tube with patient's entire name, and date and time of collection.

4. Transport and store swab container at 2 to 30 degrees C (refrigerate is preferred temperature) within 60 days of collection. If longer storage is needed, freeze at -20 to -70 degrees C for 12 months.

 

Supplies: Swab, Aptima Male/Female Collection (T583)

Specimen Type: Urethra (Males Only)

Container/Tube: Aptima Collection Unisex Swab (T583)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1. Patient should not have urinated for at least 1 hour prior to collection.

2. With a rotating movement, insert swab (blue shaft) 2 to 4 cm into urethra.

3. Once inserted, rotate swab gently at least 1 full rotation using sufficient pressure to ensure swab comes into contact with all urethral surfaces. Allow swab to remain inserted for 2 to 3 seconds.

4. Place swab in transport tube provided in collection kit. Snap off swab at score line so swab fits into closed tube.

5. Cap tube securely, and label tube with patient's entire name, and date and time of collection.

6. Transport and store swab container at 2 to 30 degrees C (refrigerate is preferred temperature) within 60 days of collection. If longer storage is needed, freeze at -20 to -70 degrees C for 12 months.

 

Supplies: Aptima Urine Transport Tube (T582)

Specimen Type: Urine (Males and Females)

Container/Tube: Aptima Urine Specimen Transport Tube (T582)

Specimen Volume: 15-20 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Patient should not have urinated for at least 1 hour prior to specimen collection.

2. Patient should collect first portion of random voided urine (first part of stream) into a sterile, plastic, preservative-free container.

3. Transfer 2 mL of urine into the urine specimen transport tube using the disposable pipette provided within 24 hours of collection. The correct volume of urine has been added when the fluid level is between the black fill lines on the urine transport tube. Place the labels on the transport tube so the black fill lines are still visible for volume confirmation at Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

4. Transport and store urine specimen transport container at 2 to 30 degrees C (refrigerate is preferred temperature) within 30 days of collection. If longer storage is needed, freeze at -20 to -70 degrees C for 12 months.

 

Supplies: Aptima Thin Prep Transport Tube (T652)

Specimen Type: ThinPrep Specimen (Endocervix)

Container/Tube: ThinPrep (also called PreservCyt) Collection Kit

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Aliquot ThinPrep specimen for Chlamydia and/or Neisseria testing before processing for Pap smear. For each specimen, use a new pair of clean gloves.

2. Vortex ThinPrep/PreservCyt vial 3 to 10 seconds. Within 1 minute of vortexing:

a. Transfer 1 mL of specimen into the Aptima Specimen Transfer Tube (T652) using a disposable transfer pipette or a pipette tip containing a filter (aerosol barrier or hydrophobic plug).

b. Process only 1 ThinPrep and transfer tube set at a time.

c. Recap Aptima Specimen Transfer Tube tightly and gently invert 3 times to mix.

3. Label Aptima transfer tube with appropriate label.

4. Use remainder of ThinPrep specimen for Pap testing.

5. Transport and store specimen transfer container at 2 to 30 degrees C (refrigerate is preferred temperature) within 60 days of collection. If longer storage is needed, freeze at -20 to -70 degrees C for 12 months.

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Endocervical in PreservCyt: 1mL
Urine: 2 mL
Swabs (Endocervical, Urethral, Vaginal): Entire Collection

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Other Midstream urine specimen Overfilled or underfilled urine transport tubes Specimen collected into a SurePath device Transport tubes containing a cleaning swab or more than 1 swab

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)APTIMA VIAL
 Ambient APTIMA VIAL
 Frozen APTIMA VIAL