Orange wire swab

  • Colour coded ORANGE
  • Pack contains:
    • Sterile wire-shafted swab
  • Use for bacteriology investigations only - may be useful for urethral and auditory canal sampling
  • Do not use for virology or Chlamydia investigations

Swabs must be placed into a tube of charcoal transport medium for transport to the laboratory

Fastidious organisms will not survive on dry swabs


Label the specimen with:

  • Surname
  • Forename
  • Date of birth (not age) OR unique identity number (MRN number, NHS number)

For further information, see: Pathology policy for specimen and request form labelling for pathology users