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For swab specimen collections, use only the orange shaft swab provided in the Abbott multi-Collect Specimen Collection Kit. A transport tube containing multiple swabs, or a combination of swab and urine cannot be used in the Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay.
The urine can be collected in a typical collection cup (not provided in the kit). Use the plastic transfer pipette to transfer urine from the collection cup into the transport tube until the liquid level in the tube falls within the clear fill window of the transport tube label or else a new specimen should be collected. Do not overfill. Slightly more than one full squeeze of the transfer pipette bulb may be required to transfer the necessary volume of urine specimen.
After collection, specimens may be stored and transported at 2°C to 30°C for up to 14 days. If longer storage is needed, specimens in Abbott multi-Collect kits may be stored at -10°C or colder for up to 90 days.
Specimens should not undergo more than four freeze/thaw cycles. Time and temperature conditions for storage must be adhered to during transport. It is recommended that each tube be placed in an individual sealable bag prior to transport.