These two patents, are continuations of previous applications related to the flocked swab
technology, proudly invented and developed by Copan and dedicated to the collection of biological specimens.
Nasal specimens were collected using two swab types: (i) Venturi Transystem rayon-tipped swab with Amies gel transport media (Copan, Italy), and (ii) Elution Swab (ESwab), a nylon-tipped flocked swab
with 1mL of liquid Amies transport media (Copan, Italy).
The cost of the flocked swab
method was 58% less in terms of equipment and procedural time than for nasopharyngeal aspiration in this 106-patient study, Dr.
For this review we will present the components of swabs and compare some commercial brands, including the newest commercially available swab, the flocked swab
The flocked swab
has no medium to dilute the specimen.
A comparison of mid-turbinate flocked swab
specimens with nasopha ryngeal aspirates for the detection of respiratory viruses by the direct fluorescent antibody technique in children.
These multi-use collection systems use flocked swabs
to collect and release more sample into the transport media, resulting in improved quality of both traditional and contemporary microbiology assays.
Moreover, the nasopharyngeal flocked swabs
were significantly more environmentally friendly, with a carbon footprint less than 5% of that involved in obtaining nasopharyngeal aspirates.
coli biofilms were recovered from the coating surfaces using nylon flocked swabs
and recovered into 2mL of sterile deionized water.
Copan Diagnostics offers a complete range of microbial sampling products used for traditional culture analysis and for molecular diagnostic assays, as well as producing innovations, like the patented Flocked Swabs
, Universal Transport Medium and ESwab.
The invention of flocked swabs
by COPAN, more than 10 years ago, has revolutionized the quality of sample collection and transport because we were able to move away from traditional fiber-wrapped swabs that trapped more than 90 percent of the sample to flocked technology that releases most of the sample into liquid.
Comparison of automated processing of flocked swabs
with manual processing of fiber swabs for detection of nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus.