FDA provides updated resources for healthcare providers teaching COVID-19 testing self-collection and issues reminder to provide teaching
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has Patient COVID-19 Self-Collection Affects Specimen Quality.)to healthcare providers to provide clear, step-by-step instructions to patients who are self-collecting anterior nasal swabs for SARS-CoV-2 testing. The FDA initially issued a on this topic in early October of 2020, as it became evident that poor patient technique during self-collection of COVID-19 swabs was contributing to inaccurate test results. (See FDA Issues Letter to Healthcare Providers as
The FDA’s recent reminder points out, “without proper instructions, patients may not collect an adequate sample for testing, which may decrease the sensitivity of the test,” indicating that patients’ self-collection technique is continuing to affect test accuracy.
As the importance of ensuring correct patient self-collection techniques continues to be emphasized, the FDA has included resources that providers can use, including written(CDC) and from . The FDA has also included a link to online to help providers to correctly guide patients.
In addition to the resources for health care providers, the FDA’s letter also outlines the pertinent collection steps that providers should emphasize when providing teaching. Clinical laboratories wishing to review the FDA’s instructions and the resources that it includes can do so.