Use a NON-EXPIRED swab supplied with the universal transport media.
Explain the procedure to patient.
When collecting the specimens, wear eye protection, gloves, and a mask. Change gloves and wash your hands between each patient.
If the patient has a lot of mucus in the nose, this can interfere with the collection of cells. Either ask the patient to use a tissue to gently clean out visible nasal mucus or clean the nostril yourself with a cotton swab (e.g. Q-Tip).