Molecular tests (PCR) may be performed on a variety of samples:
- Blood should be collected into two 4ml EDTA blood tubes (lilac or purple cap)
- Faeces in the standard faeces container.
- Sputum in standard container (sputum pot).
- For swabs, tissues, scrapes and and small volumes of body fluids use the viral tranport tube. A white-cap universal may be used for biopsy and 10 - 20 ml of pus, exudate or urine.
- There are also containers associated with special purpose collection kits.