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CIA Medical is a leading provider of medical and surgical supplies. We serve over 25,000 healthcare facilities worldwide. See our list of specimen collection kits and prices below. Order online, call us at (312) 275-5850, or get a 2-hour quote by filling the form on this page.

If you’re unable to locate a specific item on our website, please contact us at: sales@ciamedical.com or (312) 275-5850 and our sales and customer service team will promptly help you find it at the best price.

No matter the item's brand, type, or size, we can get it — even if backordered.

What Is a Specimen Collection Kit?

Specimen collection kits, as the name implies, are kits that include all of the necessary items and accessories for taking, storing, and transporting specimens. They provide all that is needed to secure a sample, seal it away, and send it to a laboratory for diagnostics and testing.

The contents of specimen collection kits can vary. In general, they will contain a swab inside a sterile pouch. This swab will be used to physically collect the sample, and swabs can be used in different areas of the body. 

They should also contain a vial filled with a transport medium of some kind for preserving the specimen and minimizing bacterial growth to prevent contamination in the period while the sample is being taken to a lab. 

They may also contain instructions for use and possibly other elements, too, giving the user all that they need to collect their specimen.

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How Does a Specimen Collection Kit Work?

The way in which specimen collection kits work will depend on what type of specimen is needed. For example, collecting a nasopharyngeal sample involves swabbing the part of the pharynx behind the nose to test for viral infections like COVID-19 or influenza, while fecal samples are collected through a rectal or stool swab. In either case, a swab will need to be used to gather the sample, and it is important that the swab be kept clean before being used and is immediately placed into the transport medium after collection of the specimen. It can then be sealed up and sent to a lab, where it will be tested.

Specimen Collection Kit Sizes 

There are different sizes of specimen collection kits. Some contain larger items than others, and some may contain a larger number of items for more specific collection procedures. They may also contain different sizes of swabs and vials for storing each specimen.

Specimen Collection Kit Types

There are various kinds of specimen collection kits, too. A nasopharyngeal specimen collection kit, for example, is one that is used to take samples from the space behind the nose to test for certain viruses. There are also fecal specimen collection kits, used to take fecal samples, and vaginal specimen collection kits for swabbing the vagina to check for different infections or bacteria. There are also food sample collection kits that can take samples from food items to look for the presence of pathogens.

Specimen Collection Kit Uses

The primary function of any specimen collection kit is to provide the user with the accessories and items they need to collect a specimen of some kind. This may be for a variety of reasons, such as testing fecal samples to check for intestinal disorders and diseases or checking vaginal swab samples for bacterial infections.

Specimen Collection Kit Suppliers

Quidel, Medical Action Industries, Roche, and Centurion are among the leading suppliers of specimen collection kits.

Specimen Collection Kits at CIA Medical

CIA Medical aims to be your go-to provider of wholesale medical supplies and pieces of equipment, including various kinds of specimen collection kits. We pride ourselves on our competitive prices, vast array of products, and top quality customer service, and we’ve already worked with over 25,000 happy customers, so you can count us to get the job done.