Updated: Dec 12, 2020
With the spike of demand in testing services all over the country, ISPS is proud to announce that we are now offering Swab Testing Services alongside Rapid Antibody Diagnostic Testing and customizable on-site and off-site COVID testing packages.
What is Swab Testing?
The UC Davis Health states that this type of testing involves inserting a 6-inch long swab (like a long Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) to collect sample fluids. In simpler terms, it is a testing method that utilizes nasal or throat swabbing to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a person’s respiratory tract.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are different types of COVID testing methods namely molecular, antigen, and antibody. Both molecular and rapid antigen tests make use of swabbing in their sample collection process while rapid antibody tests are taken by finger pricking or blood draw.
Molecular testing is the only kind that uses a laboratory technique called polymerase chain reaction, a method that rapidly makes millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample, allowing scientists to take a very small sample of DNA and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail.
Advantages of Swab Testing:
☑ Effective - This is more widely used because it helps diagnose active coronavirus infection.
☑ Highly Accurate - Swab results can come close to a 100% accuracy rate if performed correctly by medical experts unlike other testing methods that may need secondary tests for validation.
☑ Fast results - It is possible to get your results on the same day (for some locations) or up to a week.
It is highly recommended to undergo testing especially if you’re working outside amidst the lockdown and interacting with other people because it helps identify if you are currently infected with the virus, if you had a past infection of the virus, or if you are an asymptomatic carrier which means you are infected but you don’t show any symptoms.
How is the procedure done?
Once the patient approaches the nurse/medical technician who will administer the test, the swabbing will begin in the following procedure:
The nurse will insert a 6-inch long nasal swab (like a Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotate it several times before repeating the process on the other side of the nose to ensure that enough material is collected for the test
Samples will be sealed in a zip lock bag and handed over to the patient together with the relevant information sheet. The patient will then be asked to proceed to the releasing section for doctor confirmation of their result
Certificates will be printed out reflecting the result confirmed by the doctor. Certificates are provided only to those that have negative results whereas referrals are provided for those with positive results
*A positive patient will be escorted to a discrete area for the safety of other patients. Sanitization of all areas will follow to ensure the integrity of the testing area.
Undergo swab testing to boost mass testing efforts in the country and help flatten the curve! ISPS offers custom-tailored COVID-19 testing services specifically designed to address each and every client’s needs.
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Phone: 0917 861 3850