Test for COVID-19 Infection: Swap the Swab for Better Patient Comfort and Provider Accuracy

For over a year now, we’ve used the nasopharyngeal swab tests to collect patient samples for identification of patients positive with the COVID-19 infection. In many cases, this has been a challenging process for some providers and patients. The good news is the healthcare community knows more than we did at the beginning of the pandemic and is making flexible strides. These changes will impact the way COVID-19 infection is detected, and help you provide a better experience for your patients.

In a systematic review of 16 studies including over 5,000 participants, saliva-based testing was shown to be 99% accurate in identifying negative cases for COVID-19 infection, with a far less invasive and discomforting process as compared to nasopharyngeal swabbing.

The CDC states that a saliva-based test is an acceptable specimen alternative to test for SARS-CoV-2 virus. Per the CDC, a NAAT based saliva test (i.e., PCR) is more accurate than an antigen-based saliva test.

Swapping from swab to saliva will ensure that your patient has a more comfortable experience, while continuing to receive results that are close to 100% accurate in detecting COVID-19 infection.

Recommended Collection Instructions for Saliva Samples for COVID-19 Testing
  • Patients should drool into the collection tube until the saliva (including foam and bubbles) reaches the 2mL fill line, or ¼ of the tube.
  • Once the tube is filled to the necessary mark, remove the funnel from the tube and affix the flat cap securely to the collection tube.
  • Ensure the barcode on the collection tube is appropriately scanned.
  • Before shipping, dispose of the funnel after use.
  • Review the full collection instructions here.

HealthTrackRx’s industry leading technology, fast results, and easy to follow collection procedures will help you transition to a more effective PCR testing practice. Now you can test for COVID 19-infection with a saliva test that is more comfortable than a swab test with a 99% accuracy.

Published On: August 2, 2021