Puritan's sterile foam tipped swabs were used in a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. The study established that foam nasal swabs are a legitimate method of self-collection for diagnosis of respiratory virus’ in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT) recipients.
The goal of the study was to develop a comfortable, simple and safe specimen collection method for HCT patients with mucositis and nausea, where throat-swabs or in-office nasal washes may be undesirable.
Sterile Foam Swabs for HCT Patients
For the testing, HCT patients were given Puritan’s own sterile foam tip swabs with a custom-shaped tip.
The researchers determined that foam nasal swabs provided excellent results when compared with nasal wash procedures, and that samples collected with the aid of nasal saline spray performed better than dry samples.
The study also determined that storage of these samples in dry tubes at room temperature had no apparent effect on the sensitivity of virus detection.
Why Puritan Foam Swabs?
The researchers chose foam over other materials (like nylon, cotton and Dacron) because foam tipped swabs are more absorptive and less likely to cause bleeding in already immunocompromised HCT patients.
At Puritan, we’re proud to be on the cutting edge of these new developments that make it easier for HCT patients to get the rapid diagnoses they need without invasive sampling procedures.