Make Throat Cultures More Palatable

December 31, 2006

When you need to obtain a specimenfor throat culture, ask the patient toexhale while you swab the pharynx.

When you need to obtain a specimenfor throat culture, ask the patient toexhale while you swab the pharynx.This reduces the gag reflex andmakes the process easier for bothpatient and clinician.
-- Ellen N. Nash, RN, CS
   Salem, Mass