ACCOVID VTM (Viral Transport Media Kit) is useful for collecting nasopharyngeal specimens to be used in detection of novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2).
Each Kit has following components:
1 Tube of Universal Transport Media (UTM)
1 Nasopharyngeal Swab(Smaller swab, Flexible shaft)(CDC recommended)
1 Ziplock specimen bag containing absorbent pad
1 Icepack (keep it in a freezer until ready to package &transport specimens)
With 3 ml Viral Transport Medium in a 15 ml Tube and 2 sterile polyester swabs with breakpoint recommended for collection and transport of viruses.
It’s is a specially formulated medium for collection and transport of viruses. It is designed to maintain the optimum viability and virulence if the viral sample. The sterile polyester swabs on a plastic shaft with a break point can be used for collecting nasal and throat samples.
Instruction for use:
1.Open the zip lock pack and take out the swab. Get sampling with swab from right body parts.
- Place the swab into virus specimen tube all the way to the bottom of the tube.
- Cut the plastic shaft to fit swab in the tube.
- Tighten the cap, shake it several times and complete the sampling.
- Isolation of viruses will largely depend on proper specimen collection, timing of sample collection and processing of samples.
- Specimen collection should be done in the acute phase of illness.
- Do not use the product if, – there is change in the opacity of the medium, – there is evidence of leakage and – there are other signs of deterioration.
- To maintain infectivity of viruses, it is important that temperature be properly maintained for sample collection to processing.
- Avoid repeated freeze-thaw of collected samples.
- It is recommended to refer to standard procedures and published protocols for sample collection and processing.
Storage and Shelf Life:
Viral Transport medium should be stored at 15-30°C. Use before expiry date given on the product label. Shelf life of the product is 12 months.
After collection, the specimen should be transported to the laboratory within 72 hours with recommended storage temperature of 2-8 degree Celsius. If the delivery and processing exceed 72 hours, specimens should be transported in dry ice and once in laboratory frozen at -70 degree Celsius or colder. The specimens should avoid repeated freezing and thawing