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Superior Sample Collection: Free Educational Videos with COPAN and Dr. J. Michael Miller

As part of their commitment to demonstrate best practices for specimen collection, COPAN teamed up with Dr. J. Michael Miller to provide a series of free educational videos to assist heathcare providers in collecting adequate and accurate patient specimen samples. 

Series Information (PDF)

Videos Courtesy of COPAN Diagnostics, Inc.


Nasal Swab Specimen Collection- Virology/Mid-Turbinate

The first video in the series features nasopharyngeal swab specimen collection using flocked swabs and viral transport media (FLOQSwabs™ and UTM™ Universal Transport Media from Copan).

Wound Sample Collection Video

Dr. J. Michael Miller demonstrates best practices for specimen collection this video is on wound collection using FLOQSwab™.

Specimen Collection Tools of the Trade

This video provides an informative overview of the importance of proper specimen collection and the tools available.

Throat Swab Sample Collection

Dr. J. Michael Miller demonstrates best practices for specimen collection this video is on wound collection using ESwab™.

Urethral Specimen Collection

Despite the widespread use of nucleic acid amplification for detecting gonorrhoea and chlamydia and the much less invasive urine specimen required for this test, urethral swabs may still be required in many areas.

Eye Specimen Collection

This video demonstrates how to correctly collect and label an eye specimen.

Vaginal Specimen Collection

Vaginal specimens can confirm the presence of vaginosis or vaginitis but in these cases, culture is no longer recommended because they are often inaccurate and misleading. A careful interpretation of a gram stain of vaginal material can be used to evaluate the vaginal flora at the time of specimen collection.

Ear Sample Collection

The specimen most often received in the laboratory for culture is a swab. However infection occurs behind the ear drum or tympanum and there is no way a swab will be pushed into that area to sample this infection site. The specimen of choice for acute otitis media is a tympanocentesis; this video demonstrates sample collection.

Clean Catch Urine Sample Collection

Clean catch urine specimens from adults are likely the most common specimen we get in the microbiology lab and it is one of only 3-4 specimens that patients collect themselves. Therefore, the job of the medical staff is to verbally explain how to properly collect the specimen.